News tagged with amino acids

The case of the sticky protein

Proteins are like a body's in-house Lego set. These large, complex molecules are made up of building blocks called amino acids. Most of the time, proteins fold correctly, but sometimes they can misfold. This misfolding causes ...

dateDec 18, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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Tricking an enzyme into making better insulin

Mary Boyajian, a junior majoring in chemical engineering at Caltech, spent her summer as a student in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program trying to trick an enzyme. The enzyme, tRNA synthetase, has ...

dateDec 02, 2015 in Biochemistry
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