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Synthetic proteins simplify nature to outperform the real thing

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Creating synthetic proteins is a promising avenue of study, but could we take shortcuts on nature's blueprint and make more efficient versions? Scientists at UC Berkeley have found that simpler combos of synthetic building blocks can make for protein alternatives that work just as well as, and in some cases better than, the real thing. Although hundreds of types of amino acids exist, natural selection has picked 20 that can be found in every living organism on Earth. This core set combines together into hundreds of thousands of different variations to create every protein in your body.

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Comment by PureTrust
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'Natural selection' is an oxymoron. Nature has never been shown to make a selection. Everything operates through Cause and Effect. Nobody has found any truly spontaneous happening anywhere. Everything comes from the Great First Cause. The point is, can we truly make some proteins and some processes that will last for thousands of years? If we are going to make shortcuts that work, why don't we extend life so that we all live for several hundred years in full health, first?