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Envelope for an artificial cell

( -- Chemists have taken an important step in making artificial life forms from scratch. Using a novel chemical reaction, they have created self-assembling cell membranes, the structural envelopes that contain ...

dateJan 25, 2012 in Biochemistry
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New evidence emerges on the origins of life

In the beginning, there were simple chemicals. And they produced amino acids that eventually became the proteins necessary to create single cells. And the single cells became plants and animals. Recent research is revealing ...

dateJun 01, 2015 in Biochemistry
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Sweet poison: Star fruit neurotoxin identified

( —Patients with kidney disease have to watch what they eat: bananas, oranges, tomatoes, nuts, broccoli, and beans are all off-limits. Putting star fruit or carambola on the menu would be downright dangerous. This ...

dateNov 22, 2013 in Biochemistry
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How Did Evolution Begin?

( -- Life's ability to replicate itself is essential for evolution, yet even the simplest kind of replication requires a relatively complex system. So what kind of non-replicating system might have served as the ...

dateSep 28, 2009 in Biochemistry feature
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