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  • Nanopores can identify the amino acids in proteins, the first step to sequencing

    In this computer simulation, a portion of a protein moves through an aerolysin nanopore. The researchers used detailed simulations that mapped each atom, and confirmed their findings experimentally.

    Video courtesy of Aleksei Aksimentiev

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  • Editor’s note: To reach Aleksei Aksimentiev, call 217-333-6495; email aksiment@illinois.edu. The paper “Electrical recognition of the twenty proteinogenic amino acids using an aerolysin nanopore” is available online. DOI: 10.1038/s41587-019-0345-2

    Associated data is available at Illinois Data Bank.