Re: BOOKS The Molecular Biology Of The Cell
Thu, 30 Sep 1999 11:03:21 -0700

Robert J. Bradbury, <>, writes:
> It never ceases to amaze me how damn clever nature gets.

I thought Gina's pointer to recent work on ribosomes was very impressive,

> "One gets the impression that there are systems of long-range
> communication connecting distant parts of the ribosome," Noller says.
> "Our images also suggest very strongly that the ribosome is a machine --
> and a very complex one with many moving parts. It is also clear that most
> of the excitement of figuring out the molecular mechanism of translation
> lies ahead."

It's amazing to think of the ribosome (which translates RNA into proteins) as a molecular machine with many moving parts. Probably there are other cellular components which will turn out the same way. This should give additional credibility to nanotech (if it needs any more). Our cells are full of tiny, active machines, not just passive chemicals that bump together.