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Hacked Molecular Machine Could Pump Out Custom Proteins


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Protein machine

An engineered ribosome with a permanent connection between its subunits (red) can operate side-by-side with a cell's own protein production machinery.

Credit: Erik Carlson

By hijacking the cellular machinery that makes proteins, bioengineers have developed a tool that could allow them to better understand protein synthesis, explore how antibiotics work and convert cells into custom chemical factories.

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