Artificial enzyme functions in cells as a life-sustaining catalyst
By Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
A dawning field of research, artificial biology, is working toward creating a genuinely new organism. At Princeton, chemistry professor Michael Hecht and the researchers in his lab are designing and building proteins that can fold and mimic the chemical processes that sustain life. Now, they have confirmed that at least one of their new proteins can catalyze biological reactions, meaning that a protein designed entirely from scratch functions in cells as a genuine enzyme.