Why Synthetic Protein Research Needs More Funding - Facts So Romantic


Proteins are the workhorses of all living creatures, fulfilling the instructions of DNA. They occur in a wide variety of complex structures and carry out all the important functions in our body and in all living organisms--digesting food, building tissue, transporting oxygen through the bloodstream, dividing cells, firing neurons, and powering muscles. Remarkably, this versatility comes from different combinations, or sequences, of just 20 amino acid molecules. How these linear sequences fold up into complex structures is just now beginning to be well understood. Even more remarkably, nature seems to have made use of only a tiny fraction of the potential protein structures available--and there are many.

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