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Bacterial ribosome. Computer model showing the secondary structure of a 30S (small) ribosomal sub-unit from the bacteria Thermus thermophilus. Ribosomes are composed of protein and RNA (ribonucleic acid). They are the site of translation, the process of protein synthesis. In bacteria they are also a target for antibiotic drugs.
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