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  • DNA enzyme shuffles cell membranes a thousand times faster than its natural counterpart

    A synthetic DNA enzyme inserts into a cell membrane, causing lipids to shuffle between the inner and outer membrane layers.

    A synthetic DNA enzyme inserts into a cell membrane, causing lipids to shuffle between the inner and outer membrane layers.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Aleksei Aksimentiev, call 217-333-6495; email aksiment@illinois.edu.  To reach Ulrich Keyser, call +44 (0)1223 337272; email ufk20@cam.ac.uk.

    The paper “A synthetic enzyme built from DNA flips 107 lipids per second in biological membranes” is available online. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04821-5