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  • Researchers make the leap to whole-cell simulations

    Using data supplied by researchers at the Max Planck Institute, University of Illinois postdoctoral researcher Elijah Roberts and chemistry professor Zaida Luthey-Schulten built a computer model of a bacterial cell that accurately simulates the behavior of actual cells.

    Using data supplied by researchers at the Max Planck Institute, University of Illinois postdoctoral researcher Elijah Roberts and chemistry professor Zaida Luthey-Schulten built a computer model of a bacterial cell that accurately simulates the behavior of actual cells.

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      Using data supplied by researchers at the Max Planck Institute, University of Illinois postdoctoral researcher Elijah Roberts and chemistry professor Zaida Luthey-Schulten built a computer model of a bacterial cell that accurately simulates the behavior of actual cells.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Watch a movie of the simulation of production of a sugar transporter protein (yellow dots) in the bacterium E. coli in response to sugar in the environment. Grey dots are ribosomes. Pink circles represent messenger RNA. Green circles are repressor molecules that shut down transcription when they bind to the sugar transporter gene in the bacterial DNA (purple zone).

      Image by Luthey-Schulten Group

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