DNA team in collaboration of Hachimoji DNA
DNA Software CEO Dr. John SantaLucia, COO Norm Watkins and Research Scientist Holly SantaLucia participated in a recent Science paper was featured in the New York Times, CNN, NASA, Nature, and several other news outlets for building hachimoji DNA.
John SantaLucia shared “In addition to the hyped implications for alien life, hachimoji DNA has practical applications to improving DNA-based diagnostics, synthetic biology, and computer data storage.” To read more, click here
Eight Building Block Letters:
Team built an “alien” DNA system from eight building block letters, so expanding the genetic code from four and doubling its information density. The new system meets all of the requirements for Darwinian evolution and can also be transcribed to RNA.
One of the main characteristics of life is that it can store and pass on genetic information. In modern-day organisms, this is done by DNA using just four building blocks: guanine, cytosine, adenine and thymine (G, A, C and T). Pairs of DNA strands form a double helix with A bonding to T and C bonding to G.