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Quantum Biology: Powerful Computer Models Reveal Key Biological Mechanism
January 16, 2007
Using powerful computers to model the intricate dance of atoms and molecules, researchers have revealed the mechanism behind an important biological reaction wherein an intein-a type of protein found in single-celled organisms and bacteria-cuts itself out of its host protein and reconnects the two remaining strands.
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