- The research gives new insights into the origins of life and could provide a starting point for an entirely new generation of drugs and diagnostics
- Using their lab-made XNAs as building blocks, the team has now created 'XNAzymes', which power simple reactions, such as cutting up or stitching together small chunks of RNA, just like naturally occurring enzymes
- XNAzymes are much more stable than naturally occurring enzymes and the scientists believe they could be particularly useful in developing new therapies for a range of diseases.
First enzymes created from fully synthetic parts
12. 2. 14 by Andrew Johnson