Proteins in vivo often function in complexes, and indeed, that?s how many individual structural biology efforts approach them. Not structural genomics efforts, though: For all their high-throughput methods, structural genomics pipelines typically treat proteins individually, in isolation. A linkurl:paper; released May 11 in __PNAS__ could help bridge this gap. The new method, developed by linkurl:David Eisenberg; of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues combines a series of linkurl:bioinformatics analyses; that scour a genome for clues suggesting that two genes are functionally linked (that is, that they both participate in a particular complex, pathway, or biological function), with experimental methods to validate those predictions. The group focused on two large, but poorly characterized protein families in the __Mycobacterium tuberculosis__ genome, called PE and PPE. Of 17 PE and 11 PPE proteins tested in their study, only one was soluble in __E. coli__ on its own, and that one was...

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