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A greasy way to take better protein snapshots

Thanks to research performed at RIKEN's SACLA X-ray free electron laser facility in Japan, the dream of analyzing the structure of large, hard-to-crystallize proteins and other bio molecules has come one step closer to reality. ...

dateNov 10, 2014 in Materials Science
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Shortcut to protein portraits

All living organisms, from bacteria to humans, rely on proteins to perform their vital functions. How these proteins accomplish their tasks depends on their structure. Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute ...

dateDec 16, 2014 in General Physics
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Making carboxyl(ate) friends

When it comes to supramolecular chemistry, the carboxylic acid group (and its conjugate carboxylate base) is one of the chemist's most flexible friends. In pairs, they act as supramolecular synthons from which more complicated ...

dateApr 14, 2015 in Materials Science
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Proteins off the roll

Protein-coated Petri dishes are increasingly being used to support cell growth during cell cultivation. Scientists have developed a system for printing protein patterns onto film using a roll-to-roll process, ...

dateDec 01, 2014 in Engineering
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Video: How can you see an atom?

Since ancient Greek times, philosophers and scientists have pondered the atom. For a couple thousand years, humans could only speculate on the structure and other properties of the smallest unit of matter. ...

dateApr 09, 2015 in Other
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How do you make a greasy protein?

Every cell is encapsulated and protected by a thin membrane made of greasy molecules called lipids. Assemblies of equally greasy protein molecules span the membrane, forming passageways that control the flow ...

dateJan 07, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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Why I'm proud to be a crystallographer

This year I have learnt more that it is probably healthy to know about crystal structures. I've learnt how you can turn a rabbit green with a protein, read up on French military history and marvelled at how a crystal structure can destroy itself. ...

dateDec 10, 2014 in Materials Science
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