XNA Activity

Xeno-nucleic acids, or XNAs, can act as catalysts, report researchers led by MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology's Philipp Holliger in Nature this week. They've dubbed these synthetic catalysts XNAzymes.

He and his colleagues reported in Science in 2012 on their development of six XNAs not found in nature that could store genetic information.

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