Largest ever human-engineered protein created

A variant of a protein naturally used to manufacture the essential amino acid histidine has been designed and successfully synthesised. It is more than twice the size of the previous record holder for the largest human-engineered protein, created by researchers at the University of Washington in 2003.

The technology, developed at Vanderbilt University, utilises algorithms needed to engineer large proteins with shapes not seen in nature. It is hoped this will equip researchers with the tools needed to create new, more effective antibodies and other beneficial proteins.

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