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Definition of noncanonical

: not relating to, part of, or sanctioned by a canon : not canonical noncanonical literary works

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Recent Examples on the Web Besides, optimization isn’t necessarily the goal, given that the experiments being done to incorporate noncanonical amino acids are exploratory and geared toward applications, not theoretical research. Quanta Magazine, "Is a Bigger Genetic Code Better? Get Ready to Find Out," 2 Jan. 2018 George Church, the prominent geneticist at Harvard University known for his entrepreneurial endeavors in biotech, is spearheading an effort to reclaim redundant codons for natural amino acids to specify noncanonical ones instead. Quanta Magazine, "Is a Bigger Genetic Code Better? Get Ready to Find Out," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of noncanonical

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Noncanonical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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