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Researchers Reveal Insights Into Hidden World of Protein Folding
June 11, 2008
Proteins, long and linear when first made, must fold into specific configurations before they can properly do their job in a cell. How they are folded is a mystery, but Stanford researcher Judith Frydman has begun prying the lid off a type of molecule called a chaperonin, which folds some of the most essential proteins for life. Her goal is to control protein folding, which has therapy implications for many diseases caused by misfolding.
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