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Scientists are exploring larger and larger molecular machines by combining the many tools of integrative structural biology. The nuclear pore complex has been a subject of this study for many years, revealing an increasingly detailed view. It is a challenging subject for many reasons: it is highly dynamic as it performs its duty of transporting molecules in and... Read More
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