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  • Simulation reveals how bacterial organelle converts sunlight to chemical energy

    Researchers used supercomputers to construct a 136 million-atom model of the chromatophore, a primitive light-harvesting structure in purple bacteria.

    Researchers used supercomputers to construct a 136 million-atom model of the chromatophore, a primitive light-harvesting structure in purple bacteria. The simulated organelle behaved just as it does in nature, the team reports.

    Graphic by Christopher Maffeo

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  • Editor’s notes:
    To reach Aleksei Aksimentiev, call 217-333-6495; email aksiment@illinois.edu.  
    To reach Melih Sener call 217-244-1612; email melih@ks.uiuc.edu.
    To reach Abhishek Singharoy, email Abhishek.Singharoy@asu.edu
    To reach Emad Tajkhorshid call 217-244-6914; email emad@life.illinois.edu.  

    The paper “Atoms to phenotypes: Molecular design principles of cellular energy metabolism” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.10.021