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  • n  (physics and chemistry) the simplest structural unit of an element or compound
  • n  (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything

  • The biggest molecule known to man is much too tiny to be seen, even under a microscope.
  • At last one molecule, a complex protein, showed the ability to absorb other molecules and create replicas of itself out of their material.
  • To probe cellular gene activity en masse, scientists first isolate the molecules that translate genes into proteins.
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  • John Warner in The Associated Press
    Take a very complicated elegant beautiful molecule, bury it in the ground 100 million years, remove all the functionality and make hydrocarbons,said Warner, one of the founders of the green chemistry movement that attempts to be more...
  • Craig Venter in Forbes
    Some of my colleagues have argued that these are baby steps, but this is 20 times bigger than any molecule made by humans before,Venter said. "I think it is as important a conceptual step as a technological one."
  • Mary Higby Schweitzer in EurekAlert (press release)
    We looked for collagen because it's plentiful, it's durable, and it has been recovered from other fossil materials, although none as old as this T. rex,Schweitzer says. "It's also a relatively easy molecule to identify, and it's not...

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