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Researchers Divide Enzyme to Conquer Genetic Puzzle

March 14, 2013

David Shis, left, and Matthew Bennett Rice University researchers have found a way to divide and modify enzymes to create what amounts to a genetic logic gate. Biochemist Matthew Bennett and graduate student David Shis created a library of AND gates by mutating a protein from a bacterial virus. The well-understood protein, known as T7 RNA polymerase, is a strong driver of transcription in cells. Full Story

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