Project to develop cells resistant to viruses, radiation, aging and cancer - Genome Project-write
The international research project Genome Project-write has announced its intention to launch a project to develop cells resistant to viruses, radiation, aging and cancer.
"Our project represents a step on the way to producing highly safe cells that have a profound impact on human health," said George Church, a genetic expert at Harvard Medical School and a member of ProjectRight Genome.
Jeff Buick, director of the New York-Langon Medical Center Institute of Genetics and project member, said, "We are strongly motivated to believe that we can produce cells that are resistant to all known viruses, as well as incorporate 'other features such as cancer resistance and infectious protein molecules.'
Recoding the human genome to make it resistant to viruses, the first step in the project's most ambitious goal, is the production of any human genome in the labs.
The project team's plan includes the production of virus-resistant genes by "DNA registration", which clogs viruses so they can not read the human genome.
Human DNA is generally read in groups of letters called "codes", each representing amino acids, and amino acid chains form proteins.
The DNA system is characterized by repetition, where three-letter codes can symbolize the same amino acid.
The registration of the human genome requires this replication, so it is only a symbol of the code for a specific amino acid, to freeze the virus and prevent it from multiplying.
George Church has tested this method on E. coli bacteria, bringing about 321 changes to the genome of bacteria, so that microbes resist certain types of viruses.
The revolutionary project hopes to complete their invention within 10 years
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