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  • Researchers simulate behavior of living 'minimal cell' in three dimensions

    Research team stands in front of a screen with a 3D image of the minimal cell and its contents.

    With their colleagues, researchers, from left, graduate student Zane Thornburg, chemistry professor Zaida (Zan) Luthey-Schulten and graduate students Benjamin Gilbert and Troy Brier successfully simulated a living “minimal cell.” The advance will aid in creating computer models that accurately predict how living cells will behave when changes are made to their genomes or other characteristics.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach Zaida (Zan) Luthey-Schulten, email

    To reach Zane Thornburg, email

    The paper “Fundamental behaviors emerge from simulations of a living minimal cell” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.12.025