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Design of self-assembling protein nanomachines starts to click

June 4, 2014

nanocage with tetrahedral symmetry Biological systems produce an incredible array of self-assembling protein tools on a nanoscale, such as molecular motors, delivery capsules and injection devices. Inspired by sophisticated molecular machines found naturally in living things, scientists want to build their own with forms and functions customized to tackle modern day challenges. Full Story

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