Ribosomes read new languages

April 6th, 2020 by Michael C. Jewett

Nature Chemical Biology, Published online: 06 April 2020; doi:10.1038/s41589-020-0522-0

Using new letters of DNA to encode information promises to expand the genetic code in a transformative way. A new semisynthetic organism has been created that uses 67 codons for protein biosynthesis, with three new codons based on unnatural nucleotides.