Cartoon: The sorriest excuse for a protein crystal

A common method of obtaining three-dimensional structures of proteins (such as the viral molecule described in the Daumke story) requires that a huge number of copies arrange themselves in tight arrays. They are then exposed to a high-intensity X-ray beam, producing a pattern that can be analyzed to produce an image of the structure of a molecule.

 

 

 

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