Racing for the Ribosome
Racing for the Ribosome
Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan’s new book recounts the tale of researchers striving to understand an ancient molecular machine that is essential for all life.
Racing for the Ribosome
Racing for the Ribosome

Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan’s new book recounts the tale of researchers striving to understand an ancient molecular machine that is essential for all life.

Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan’s new book recounts the tale of researchers striving to understand an ancient molecular machine that is essential for all life.

structural biology
Book Excerpt from <em>Gene Machine</em>
Book Excerpt from Gene Machine
Venki Ramakrishnan | Dec 5, 2018
In Chapter 13, “The Final Assault,” author Venki Ramakrishnan relays the moment when he and collaborators finally solved the structure of a ribosomal subunit.
Image of the Day: Viral Vision
Image of the Day: Viral Vision
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 18, 2018
Modified cryogenic electron microscopy can analyze viral structures better than ever before.
“Public” T-Cell Receptors From Resistant People Fend Off HIV
“Public” T-Cell Receptors From Resistant People Fend Off HIV
Shawna Williams | Jun 8, 2018
The receptors, found in so-called elite controllers who don’t need medications to keep the virus in check, suggest a new path toward immunotherapy.
Crystallography Innovator Dies
Crystallography Innovator Dies
Kerry Grens | Jun 26, 2017
Philip Coppens, who developed photocrystallography, has passed away at age 86.
Deep Pocket Exploration
Deep Pocket Exploration
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2017
A modification to traditional docking software enables the examination of a ligand’s passage into its receptor.
Infographic: Modeling Molecules’ Receptor Binding
Infographic: Modeling Molecules’ Receptor Binding
Ruth Williams | Jan 31, 2017
A software upgrade follows ligands step-wise into their binding sites on receptors.
Unknown Protein Structures Predicted
Unknown Protein Structures Predicted
Ruth Williams | Jan 19, 2017
Metagenomic sequence data boosts the power of protein modeling software to yield hundreds of new protein structure predictions.
Video: Inner Circle
Video: Inner Circle
The Scientist Staff | Nov 30, 2016
See an animation that illustrates emerging insights into the inner ring structures of the nuclear pore complex.
Structural Details of Endoplasmic Reticulum Revealed
Structural Details of Endoplasmic Reticulum Revealed
Jef Akst | Oct 28, 2016
The ribosome-associated organelle consists of tightly packed tubes, not flat sheets as previously believed, according to new super-resolution microscopy images.