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|Scientists at the University of Montreal have developed a new approach to visualize how proteins assemble. According to Professor Stephen Michnick, the research is expected to help bioengineers design new molecular machines for nanotechnology applications, as well as significantly aid our understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, both of which are caused by errors in assembly. 'In order to survive, all creatures, from bacteria to humans, monitor and transform their environments using small protein nanomachines made of thousands of atoms,' explained Michnick... Indeed, proteins are made of long linear chains of amino acids, which have evolved over millions of years to self-assemble extremely rapidly - often within thousandths of a split second - into a working nanomachine.|
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