A synthetic membrane that contains key proteins used in cell division could one day help artificial cells replicate themselves
30 May 2022
By Alex Wilkins
An artificial cell membrane with machinery for cell division is a key step towards building a synthetic cell from the bottom-up with the ability to replicate itself.
Synthetic cell membranes now being built in the lab have many of the properties of real cell membranes, but they have lacked a “divisome”, a group of proteins responsible for contorting the cell’s membrane into hourglass-like shapes to prepare for division.
Now, César Rodriguez-Emmenegger at the Leibniz Institute for Interactive …