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Mimicking Living Cells: Synthesizing Ribosomes
June 28, 2013
Synthetic biology researchers at Northwestern University and Harvard University Medical School have for the first time, synthesized ribosomes from scratch in a test tube. The researchers took an approach different from their predecessors: They mimicked the natural synthesis of a ribosome, allowing natural enzymes of a cell to help facilitate the man-made construction.
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