New computational approaches promise to revolutionise protein design
Protein engineering has made spectacular progress, allowing researchers to design proteins with novel properties and behaviours, and for new purposes. However, attempts at learning how to introduce functions into genetically encodable proteins designed from scratch (de novo design) have lagged behind. The EU-funded HelixMold project plans to develop new computational approaches to address this challenge. The project's activities will allow the functionalisation of de novo designed proteins with high thermostability, extraordinary resistance to harsh chemical environments and high tolerance to organic solvents. Overall, the project's advances aim to revolutionise how proteins are generated for use in biotechnology and biomedicine.
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