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ribosome in white and cyan
This image shows a ribosome, shown in white and cyan, controlling a red package of transfer RNA, which deposits an amino acid building block onto the yellow protein being created. The ribosome chooses the appropriate amino acid based on information stored in the green strand of RNA.
A Los Alamos National Laboratory image of a simulated ribosome, a biological factory that converts genetic information into proteins. The simulation modeled the interactions of 2.64 million atoms, including 250,000 that make up the ribosome itself.