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Mirror-Image Cells – A Boon or A Curse?

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

“The LUCA operating system was an ingenious solution to keeping track of all those thousands of proteins. Biochemists call it the central dogma: Genetic material, in the form of a long nucleic acid polymer called DNA, stores a digital record of every protein’s design.

Another nucleic acid, RNA, carries the information to a molecular machine called a ribosome, which reads the RNA and strings together amino acids to form the protein. Once the string is complete, the protein snaps itself into the right shape and gets to work.

But there is at least one viable alternative to LUCA: the mirror image of the entire system.”

Read on to know why Dmitar Sasselov, an astrophysicist and head of the Origins of Life Initiative at Harvard, is hellbent to create lifeforms out of this “Anti-LUCA” system with the help of synthetic biologists Jack Szostak and George Church and how the outcome may affect us.


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