Replicating Nanomachines

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    1. No. It’s just an image of a bacterial ribosome. It’s only a “self-replicating nanomachine” is the same sense as every living cell.

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    2. This gorgeous bacterial polysome was recently published in Cell. You can think of it as a 9-head programmable nanofabricator.

      The ribosome reads the digital code of mRNA and manufactures most of what we care about in our bodies from a sequential concatenation of amino acids into proteins. The ribosome is a wonderful existence proof of the power and robustness of molecular machines. It is roughly 20nm on a side and consists of only 99 thousand atoms.

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    3. It is blobs like these I hope will help me turn into an immortal constant ecstasy blob incapable of feeling anything else eating up every atom only to add each atom to the ecstasy centre until there’s none left and then staying like that forever and ever and ever. Either that or a pair of laser eyes. I’m sure we can work something out. ISN’T THAT RIGHT MY LOVELY BLOB FRIENDS

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