Largest Synthetic Gene Ever Built Offers Insights into Anti-Malarial Drug Resistance, Georgetown University Medical Center Researchers Says  
6/7/2007 1:22:23 AM

Washington, DC-- Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center say they are moving closer to understanding why the most lethal form of human malaria has become resistant to drug treatment in the past three decades. They have been able to artificially construct, and then express in yeast, a protozoan gene that contributes to such resistance. And it was no small feat. The gene they laboriously constructed over a two-year period is believed to be the largest “synthetic” one ever built, and it successfully produces large quantities of the encoded protein, whose function can now be easily studied.