Synthetic biology meets medicine: 'Programmable molecular scissors' could help fight COVID-19 infection

Synthetic biology meets medicine: ‘Programmable molecular scissors’ could help fight COVID-19 infection

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a dying cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 (yellow), the virus that causes COVID-19. Credit: NIAID Integrated Research Center, Fort Detrick, Maryland. Cambridge scientists used synthetic biology to create artificial enzymes programmed to target the genetic code of SARS-CoV-2 and destroy the virus, an approach that could be used to …

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