Thursday, 11 September 2014

'Revolution' biomotor discovered in many bacteria

Scientists at the University of Kentucky, led by nano-biotechnologist Peixuan Guo, have made an important discovery into the operation of biomotors, the molecular machines used by viruses and bacteria in the packaging of DNA. Biomotors function similarly to mechanical motors but on a nano-scale.

The researchers have reported on the discovery of a new, third class of biomotor, unique in that it uses a "revolution without rotation" mechanism. Rotation is the turning of an object around its own axle, as the Earth does every 24 hours. Revolution is the turning of an object around a second object, as the Earth does around the sun.

The reference for the research is:

Cell & Bioscience 2014, June, 4:30:

 Posted by Tim Sandle