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Self-replicating synthetic cells a step nearer due to artificial membrane


An artificial membrane that accommodates key proteins utilized in cell division may sooner or later assist synthetic cells replicate themselves



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30 Could 2022

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Proteins concerned in cell division assemble themselves within the synthetic membrane

Wagner et al. Fig 6. Superior Supplies/Wiley-VCH GmbH

A man-made cell membrane with equipment for cell division is a key step in the direction of constructing an artificial cell from the bottom-up with the power to duplicate itself.

Artificial cell membranes now being constructed within the lab have lots of the properties of actual cell membranes, however they’ve lacked a “divisome”, a gaggle of proteins answerable for contorting the cell’s membrane into hourglass-like shapes to arrange for division.

Now, César Rodriguez-Emmenegger on the Leibniz Institute for Interactive …

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