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New discovery paves the way for evolutionary medicine

An international group of scientists have for the first time ever created proteins that have the ability to make artificial generic material develop through evolution. The achievement could lead to groundbreaking, disease-combating drugs.

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In a not too distant future doctors will be able to treat diseases with artificial genetic material, which intervenes with and slows down essential processes in the course of a disease. Any disease could essentially be treated this way.

A new discovery at least paves the way for that scenario to become possible. According to videnskab.dk an international group of scientist with Danish participation has created revolutionary proteins that can duplicate artificial genetic material – the so-called XNA (Xeno-Nucleic Acids).

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