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The Laboratory of Bionanoscience and Biochemistry (Heddle lab) has published a new paper

The idea that we may be able to use science to bring back extinct animals is a familiar theme in science fiction. But how about long "dead" molecules? Organisms often have unique forms of molecules such as DNA or protein. These may be adaptive to the environment: Animals living in cold climates for example may have hemoglobin that is better able to function at sub-zero temperatures. When the environment changes or if the animal becomes extinct, these molecules may also  be lost. But can they be "resurrected"? The Laboratory of Bionanoscience and Biochemistry (Heddle lab) have recently published a paper reviewing this topic in the Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal ( http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2001037017300363 ). Playfully entitled "Resurrecting the Dead (Molecules)" the work explains how ancient molecules preserved in the environment can be recovered and analysed and how computational techniques can now be sued to predict the identity of ancient molecules which can then be produced and tested.