Someone mentioned this to me Thursday night so I searched and found a different article about it. Fascinating. But there’s no mention of how this advances the notion that life came about from non-life by natural processes.
This Hachimoji DNA was invented in the lab. That is, it was designed by an intelligent agent, just like our own DNA.
There are a lot more details I’d like to know about. Have they attempted to design a compatible polymerase enzyme that can replicate it? I will be very surprised if they succeed at that. Or similarly, have they made any progress toward a matching ribosome that could synthesize proteins? And would its genetic code support our existing proteins? Or new proteins with more amino acids?
I assume these four new nucleotides have an identical sugar and phosphate backbone that our own nucleotides have, but that’s another question.
So much cool stuff to be invented and understood!
That’s totally irrelevant to the topic at hand. But I join you in your excitement and awe at the possibility.
It’s also interesting that they fully acknowledged the information content of DNA is actually information. That fact makes a lot of evolutionists squeamish.