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In Science this week, investigators at The Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine in Israel show that specific E. coli mRNAs "are targeted to the future destination of their encoded proteins, cytoplasm, poles, or inner membrane in a translation-independent manner." The Hebrew University team says that contrary to the common belief that "transcription and translation are coupled in bacteria," its results show that post-synthesis, some mRNAs in E.

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