January 2013 – B
|From Meier, Sit and Quake, (2013).|
|From Lewandowski, et al., (2013).|
A ribosome-like machine
A rotaxane device capable of polymerizing small peptides is presented as a very primitive version of a molecular machine that shows a ribosome-like function. Although the process is far slower than the ribosome (it takes around 12 h for each amide bond to be made), researchers were able to produce a peptide at a milligram scale by running approximately 10E18 parallel machines.