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Biologists Learn Structure, Mechanism of Powerful 'Molecular Motor' in Virus


December 24, 2008

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Researchers have discovered the atomic structure of a powerful "molecular motor" that packages DNA into the head segment of some viruses during their assembly, an essential step in their ability to multiply and infect new host organisms. Full Story

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