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Recombinant DNA

engineering custom proteins

Researchers can edit the information in DNA to engineer new proteins. This technique is widely used to create strains of bacteria that produce useful proteins such as hormones and - more controversially - genetically modified agricultural organisms. Atomic structures have revealed the details of the enzymes used to create custom-engineered DNA.

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