BGU study: Protein ‘nano-engines’ can move forward and back

28.11.2011                      02.Kislev. 5772

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BGU study: Protein ‘nano-engines’ can move forward and back

Findings could aid cancer research, medicine and technology.

Tiny bits of proteins necessary for cells to divide have been found by Israeli and German scientists to have an astonishing ability to go into reverse as if they were car-like “nanoengines.”
According to a 13-page article just published in the online edition of the EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization Journal) and due to be published in the December 14 print edition, the discovery could be vital for the understanding of biological motors during cell division, not only for basic cell science but also for cancer research and biologically inspired nanotechnology in medicine and industry….