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Viral Skeleton

By | November 1, 2012

A newly discovered family of tubulins—members of the cytoskeleton—encoded by bacteriophages plays a role in arranging the location of DNA within virus’s bacterial host.

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DNA, Contortionist

By | August 1, 2012

The DNA forms known as G-quadruplexes are finally discovered in human cells.

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Transformer Protein

By | July 19, 2012

A bacterial protein refolds itself into two dramatically different shapes with distinct roles.

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Printing 3-D Molecules

By | July 1, 2012

View some molecular models produced by fast and inexpensive 3-D printing processes, and learn how they’re yielding a fuller understanding of biochemical interactions. 

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Motor Lock

By | January 1, 2012

Editor’s choice in structural biology

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New Shape of Parkinson's Protein

By | August 14, 2011

Evidence reshaping the structure of a protein linked to Parkinson’s suggests a new mechanism for the formation of the disease’s characteristic protein aggregates.

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3-D Seer

By | August 1, 2011

Dissatisfied with the uncertainty of crystallography, Ned Seeman invented a new way of assembling the molecules that encompass the logic of life.

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The Ninefold Ring

By | July 1, 2011

Editor’s Choice in Structural Biology

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Meet the Crystal Smasher

By | July 1, 2011

Take a tour of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), whose ultra-powerful X-ray beam is being used to solve the structures of proteins that are notoriously hard to crystallize.

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Smashing Crystals

By | July 1, 2011

A powerful new X-ray–generating laser is imaging smaller crystals than ever before.

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