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Petry finds missing ingredient to spark the fireworks of life

20:00 EDT 15 May 2018 | AAAS

(Princeton University) Using a novel imaging technique, the Petry Lab demonstrates that XMAP215, a protein known to help microtubules grow faster and longer, is necessary to nucleating microtubules. For decades, researchers have been struggling to understand why the gamma-tubulin ring complex (g-TuRC) nucleates only a few microtubules in the test tube, looking for some other factor that could activate or enhance g-TuRC. That search may now be over.

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