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November 30, 2017

Chemists engineer bacteria to use unnatural DNA bases to make unnatural proteins

Living microorganisms transcribe and translate DNA with six bases instead of the usual four

November 27, 2017

Amino acid structures inspire inhibitors of tau aggregation

Peptide inhibitors stop tau aggregation by capping fibril ends

November 27, 2017

Beetles get by with a little help from their friends

Symbiotic bacteria with stripped-down genomes break up plant cell walls for their hosts

November 21, 2017

Pressure pumps up protein reaction yields

A common reaction for adding polyethylene glycol to proteins becomes way more efficient under high pressure

November 13, 2017

Looking beyond opioids for safer pain relief

Researchers explore many avenues to treat chronic pain but don’t see a single, clear path forward

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