This Week in Nature

In this week’s Nature Biotechnology, a multi-institute team describes a new in vitro method for mapping the physical interactions between proteins and other molecules. Called PLATO, the technique involves affinity enrichment of a library of full-length open reading frames displayed on ribosomes, followed by massively parallel analysis using DNA sequencing.

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