Exploiting Thermal Motion

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Science  06 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5489, pp. 61-62
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5489.61

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Proteins have to perform their functions with precision at physiological conditions, where thermal fluctuations can be substantial. In his Perspective, Schulten highlights the study by Balabin and Onuchic, whose simulations have shown that proteins exploit thermal fluctuations to their advantage in a new and unexpected way.