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Synthetic protocells allow researchers to examine cell movement


Key points from article :

Penn State develops protocells that mimic living cells.

Current synthetic cells lack real cell characteristics, so limiting research capabilities.

Researchers developed an artificial cell that actively moves.

But doesn't do everything a regular cell does, like reproduce, or have genetic mutations.

Used to investigate how natural enzymes like ATPase can propel their active movement.

Movement of the protocells dropped significantly at high concentration of ATP.

ADP may bind to the ATPase and suppress the substrate ATP activity, causing reduced motility.

The more ways we can study and understand cell activity the better