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Curbing the excesses of low demand

Metabolic processes are regulated by the relative need for the end product, but this control mechanism may fail if demand is very low. A safety mechanism that copes with low demand has been discovered in bacteria. See Letter p.237

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Figure 1: Regulating metabolite production.

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Cornish-Bowden, A. Curbing the excesses of low demand. Nature 500, 157–158 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature12461

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