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Designing artisanal proteins for your body

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Dr David Baker in his lab at the University of Washington.

New York

OUR bodies make roughly 20,000 different kinds of proteins, from the collagen in our skin to the haemoglobin in our blood. Some take the shape of molecular sheets. Others are sculpted into fibres, boxes, tunnels, even scissors. A protein's particular shape enables it to do a...

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