Resurrecting an ancient protein that could cure human disease

While dinosaurs have not yet been resurrected Jurassic Park-style, scientists fiddling with ancient DNA sequences have made a discovery that may turn out to be a tad more useful: a treatment for gout. That a 90 million-year-old protein could treat a modern disease is a fascinating window into evolutionary history.

If you’ve heard of gout, you may know it as a “king of diseases.” Those who have suffered through the disease’s swollen and painful joints include Charlemagne, Henry VIII, and Benjamin Franklin-in short, the wealthy who could afford to eat and drink too much. Overindulgence can lead to the disease, but that’s not the only biological cause for gout.

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