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Scripps Research Institute Nature’s solution to age-old chemical paradox provides clues to health and disease.

LA JOLLA, CA – December 9, 2009 – Even small errors made by cells during protein production can have profound disease effects, and nature has developed ways to uncover these mistakes and correct them. Though in the case of one essential protein building block – the amino acid alanine – nature has been extra careful, developing not one, but two checkpoints in her effort to make sure that this component is used correctly.

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