Researchers have created two novel artificial DNA base pairs, reports this New Scientist article. Using large-scale drug discovery techniques, they screened 3,600 candidates and found a pair of molecules, dSICS and dMMO2, that were treated normally and replicated by natural polymerases. Scientists hope the new bases can eventually be used in novel DNA applications, like nanotech and gene silencing.
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