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October 2011 Volume 3 No 10

The cover shows a dynamic supramolecular system built by Sugawara and co-workers, in which the self-reproduction of vesicle compartments is linked to the replication of encapsulated DNA. Externally added membrane precursors are taken up by the vesicles and converted into membrane molecules, enabling the vesicles to grow and divide. Vesicles within which DNA is amplified undergo rapid and sequential divisions, distributing newly formed DNA to daughter vesicles. This represents a promising approach for the construction of a minimal cell.

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IMAGE: NEWTON PRESS, JAPAN

COVER DESIGN: ALEX WING

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