Scientists 'resurrect' ancient proteins to provide clues about molecular innovation

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 16:52 in Biology & Nature

A growing body of research on the use of ancestral protein resurrection has been published in recent years to address a variety of issues on protein evolution and protein engineering. Scientists have demonstrated the high potential of this evolutionary approach to endow new activities into ancient enzymes. Specifically, the study suggests a mechanism for the emergence of primordial enzymes and shows that resurrected ancestral enzymes make much better scaffolds for engineering of novel enzyme functions.

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