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Titanic Protein Gives Muscles Structure and Bounce

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Science  13 Oct 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5234, pp. 236
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5234.236


One for the record books: Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, report in Science the complete amino acid sequence of the largest protein known—a muscle protein fittingly called titin. But it's more than just a record-breaker. The sequence suggests how titin may aid in muscle assembly and help muscles to spring back into shape after being stretched.