Proteins, comprised of 20 natural amino acids, are the driving force behind most cellular functions and are vital to most life processes. Given how useful proteins already are, it’s exciting to imagine how much more powerful they could be if we could expand the genetic code to incorporate unnatural amino acids that have novel chemical functionalities. Adding these chemical tools to the biological toolbox opens the door to new therapeutics and diagnostics for biological diseases and disorders, including cancer.
Originally aired on May 5, 2021
Presented by Prof. Doug Young