Waste and yet want not

Mol Cell. 2010 Jun 11;38(5):625-6. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2010.05.028.


In this issue of Molecular Cell, Shachrai et al. (2010) demonstrate that the cost of wasteful protein expression in E. coli is specific to the transition from stationary phase to balanced exponential growth, probably because of a shortage of ribosomes during this growth phase.

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