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Dutch and Canadian researchers detail one of the biggest proteins ever found

20:00 EDT 8 Aug 2017 | AAAS

(Eindhoven University of Technology) A bacterium living in the icy-cold waters of Antarctica manages to survive by gripping on to the ice surface. The protein used by the bacterium to do this -- a kind of extendable anchor -- has been detailed by a group of researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, Queen's University (Canada) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). Quite special, because at 600 nanometers, it is one of the biggest proteins for which the structure has ever been identified.

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