Complexity is a hallmark of biological systems, but scientific experiments are typically conducted in simplified conditions. Now, diverse polymers that mimic the local environments of complex biological mixtures have been shown to improve protein folding, stability and function.
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Gudinas, A.P., Mai, D.J. Polymeric protagonists for biological processes. Nat. Chem. 15, 751–752 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-023-01219-9