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In Nature this week, researchers from Columbia University analyzed 3D structures of protein-DNA complexes, learning that having arginine bind to narrow minor grooves is a "widely used mode for protein-DNA recognition." Seeing variability in DNA shape and electrostatic potential, they say, "is a general mechanism that enables proteins to use information in the minor groove." A News and Views story from Boston University's Tom Tullius

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