Amino royale

March 15, 2002

Princess Anne will be clearing the royal mantelpiece to make room for a gift from Edinburgh University this week.

She opened its £8 million biomolecular research centre, which brings together a centre of excellence for the study of proteins and a national facility aiding research into the causes of disease and designing new treatments.

The Princess Royal was given a model of a sequence of amino acids that spells out "Anne". Each amino acid is denoted by a letter and there are 20 proteins in the human genome that spell the princess's name.

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