A research team has made the first protein designed from scratch that works the way they predicted and is not found in nature. For proteins, how they fold and assume particular shapes is critical. Protein function in living things depends greatly on exactly how the structure shapes up. The ability to start from a desired shape outcome and then work back to a sequence of component molecules that will end up as desired is a new high in demonstrating an understanding of molecular mechanics. Big implications down the road: drugs, therapies, catalysts for organic processes and new kinds of proteins not found in nature.
So in short order we’ve seen whole genome synthesis and now protein design. Powerful tools.