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Two papers in Science this week focus on the mechanosensitive channel of small conductance (MscS) in E. coli, important for regulating osmotic pressure through rapid ion flux. In one, Scottish researchers determined the 3.45 angstrom-resolution structure of the channel in an open conformation.

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