DNA is a small molecule that can be inserted into cells to make them more effective at converting a certain type of DNA into a desired protein.
It is also used to produce proteins that make things like insulin, a hormone, and a hormone-like protein.
And now, researchers at the University of Colorado have found that a technique for making this DNA into an enzyme that can convert hair into beard hair can also be used to make other chemicals, like carbon dioxide.
“This discovery is a big step toward the understanding of how a biological system can transform itself from a simple chemical to a functional biological system,” said the paper’s lead author, Eric J. Pomerantz, Ph.
D., an associate professor of biology in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Pomersantz, who was not involved in the work, noted that hair is an important biological system that can alter how other living things work.
“The idea of making a beard is really appealing,” he said.
“It’s a clean way to express a lot of chemicals, and the hair makes it really easy to do.”
Hair follicles are made of keratin, a protein that makes up about 80 percent of hair, but it also contains other protein chains, which make up the rest.
Researchers have been trying to figure out how hair gets to where it is, but the researchers at Colorado say the process is really straightforward.
They say they have identified the proteins that can help convert hair to a protein called a metallo-coumarin derivative, or MCF-7.
MCF7 has a specific structure, Pomersants said, that can allow it to attach to the structure of the hair follicle, which makes it easier for it to get into the hair.
And then the MCF group can use a process called electroporation to convert the hair to its metalloform, which then becomes the protein that can turn hair into a beard.
The process has the potential to make hair products like beard oils and hair gel that are currently unavailable in the U.S. a lot more accessible, Pomerants said.
It also has the ability to help researchers identify new compounds that are needed to make these products, which could lead to new products to help control hair loss.
The researchers are also working on a system to make more MCF derivative.
“We’re also developing more and more techniques for converting metalloforms to a more active form,” Pomerant said.
Pominants is not the only one looking at ways to make MCF derivatives into more potent chemicals.
In 2015, researchers from the University at Buffalo in New York City and the University College London, both in England, showed that using the protein MCF2, a form of the enzyme, could convert a protein made by the bacterium Escherichia coli into an active form that was more efficient at converting the protein into a protein for the production of the more potent form of MCF that’s needed for hair growth.
“There are still a lot questions about what MCF and other proteins do, but we’re very excited to see how the process develops,” Pominant said of the work.
The research was published online this week in Science Advances.