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Synthesised sea sponge molecule could fight Parkinson’s

Drug Discovery World

Organic chemists at t he University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have created the first synthetic version of a molecule recently discovered in a sea sponge that may have therapeutic benefits for Parkinson’s disease and similar disorders.

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Synthetic Origins


in physics at Princeton University, he had a remarkable idea: What if it were possible to build a circuit out of DNA, rather than electronics, and use it to “program” a living cell? For the next three years, working with advisor Stanislas Leibler, Elowitz labored over this synthetic gene circuit and achieved precisely that.

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