Sebastian Greiss, a postdoctoral researcher formerly at the Gartner Lab at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression has been receiving international press coverage as part of the Cambridge team that has re-engineered the nematode worm’s gene-reading machinery to include a 21st amino acid, not found in nature.

Working with Jason Chin of the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, who describes the technique as “potentially transformational”, Sebastian is credited with helping to develop a technique that scientists say could give biologists “atom-by-atom control” over the molecules in living organisms.

Dr. Gartner said, “This should come as a warning to my present group members that our expectations of students and postdoctoral researchers are very high indeed!”

The work appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

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