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Fusion with Spider Silk Increases Anticancer Protein’s Stability
Scientists found that combining the notoriously flimsy anticancer protein p53 with a domain from a spider silk protein resulted in a more stable hybrid that’s more potent and easier for cells to synthesize.
Fusion with Spider Silk Increases Anticancer Protein’s Stability
Fusion with Spider Silk Increases Anticancer Protein’s Stability

Scientists found that combining the notoriously flimsy anticancer protein p53 with a domain from a spider silk protein resulted in a more stable hybrid that’s more potent and easier for cells to synthesize.

Scientists found that combining the notoriously flimsy anticancer protein p53 with a domain from a spider silk protein resulted in a more stable hybrid that’s more potent and easier for cells to synthesize.

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spider jumping while making silk
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