This Week in Science

In Science this week, a team led by researchers from the University of Manchester report on the creation of an artificial small-molecule machine capable of creating peptides, moving one step close to the development of a man-made ribosome. The machine, which is based on a rotaxane, travels alone a molecular strand, picking up amino acids placed in its way and synthesizing a peptide in a sequence-specific manner.

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While James Watson and Francis Crick are credited for discovering the structure of DNA, Rich proved their theory of a double helix structure was correct when he produced a distinct image of the structure.

Nature News reports that early users of Oxford Nanopore's hand-held MinIon are giddy about the technology and its uses. 

According to MIT Technology Review, Apple is collaborating with researchers to develop apps for consumer DNA testing.

In Cell this week: Leukemia-like disease in soft-shell clams, mNET-seq method for profiling growing transcripts, and more.