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Artist’s rendering of the protein synthesis process, in which a tRNA molecules carry amino acids to a ribosome that’s decoding a strand of mRNA.
Screen of 250,000 Species Reveals Tweaks to Genetic Code
A massive screen of bacterial and archaeal genomes revealed five previously unknown instances where an organism uses an alternate code to translate genetic blueprints into proteins.
Screen of 250,000 Species Reveals Tweaks to Genetic Code
Screen of 250,000 Species Reveals Tweaks to Genetic Code

A massive screen of bacterial and archaeal genomes revealed five previously unknown instances where an organism uses an alternate code to translate genetic blueprints into proteins.

A massive screen of bacterial and archaeal genomes revealed five previously unknown instances where an organism uses an alternate code to translate genetic blueprints into proteins.

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Fruit flies in a vial
Accurate Protein Production Promotes Longevity
Ruth Williams | Sep 15, 2021 | 3 min read
Worms, flies, and yeast live longer if the fidelity of their protein-making machinery is improved, a study shows.
Infographic: Synthetases and the Evolution of Circulatory Systems
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2020 | 3 min read
Aminoacyl tRNA synthetases picked up new protein domains that participate in vasculature formation around the same time that organisms evolved key adaptations in the circulatory system.
Protein Synthesis Enzymes Have Evolved Additional Jobs
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2020 | 10+ min read
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, which help translate the genetic code into protein, also function in angiogenesis, fat metabolism, and more.
Ribosomal DNA Copy Numbers Decrease in Some Cancers
Abby Olena, PhD | Jun 22, 2017 | 3 min read
An analysis of human cancer genome projects uncovers a counterintuitive loss of ribosomal gene copies.
Cell-free Protein Synthesis
Karen Zusi | Dec 31, 2015 | 1 min read
Researchers build a microfluidics system to create proteins without living cells.
Single-Unit Synthetic Ribosome
Ruth Williams | Jul 29, 2015 | 3 min read
Scientists build a specialized ribosome with linked subunits that can translate designer transcripts in bacteria.
Added Layers of Proteome Complexity
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 17, 2014 | 3 min read
Scientists discover a broad spectrum of alternatively spliced human protein variants within a well-studied family of genes.  
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