proteins

April 25, 2022

Designing Proteins Just Got a Lot Easier

Studies at the Weizmann Institute of science is shows that AI is providing researchers the means to design biomolecules with a huge range of valuable functions – from medicine to...

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October 9, 2021

Cells and the City

Tracing the evolution of protein maintenance in cellular ‘boroughs’, students of the Weizmann Institute’s Professor Dan Tawfik’s have now published their study following his untimely death. When we contemplate the...

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July 22, 2020

A New Approach to Tailoring Cancer Therapy: Tapping into Signalling Activities in Cancer Cells

Choosing the right drug for each cancer patient is key to successful treatment, but currently physicians have few reliable pointers to guide them in designing treatment protocols. Researchers at the...

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July 14, 2020

Which Came First? Amino acids or proteins?

What did the very first proteins that appeared on Earth around 3.7 billion years ago look like? Now an experiment in recreating primordial proteins solves a long-standing riddle. Professor Dan...

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November 17, 2018

Designing Better Proteins 

A computational method for designing dramatically more efficient versions of enzymes, being developed at the Weizmann Institute of Research, may lead to new avenues of drug design and new treatments...

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April 18, 2018

“Lord of the Rings” Protein Jump-Starts Nerve Repair

When the body needs to repair nerve injury, the machinery is already in place. Hidden within nerve cells is a ‘one-ring-to-rule-them-all’ kind of trigger: a molecular machine that can ramp...

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October 20, 2017

Spare Parts Might “Jump-Start” Protein Design

The idea of proteins that can be designed on computers for specific functions has been a cutting-edge concept that has stubbornly remained ‘in the future’ however new research at the...

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October 7, 2016

‘Time Machine’ Reveals Protein Evolution

Discovering how proteins originated and developed is the focus of research in the lab of Professor Dan Tawfik of the Weizmann Institute’s Biomolecular Sciences Department, and where, with the help...

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February 5, 2016

New Techniques to ‘See’ Changes in Protein Behaviour

Proteins are the molecular machines that make living things function. Understanding, measuring and visualising their structural changes as they perform biological functions are therefore imperative.  However to see such changes,...

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