Decoding protein structure, one femtosecond at a time

You know those high-speed cameras on the television show Mythbusters, the ones the hosts use to slow a bullet to a crawl or catch an explosive shock wave in mid-flight? Imagine using a camera like that to capture molecular dynamics. You could catch the motion of enzymes as they flex to bind ligands, watch photoreactive proteins change shape in response to light, or map a virus’s topology. Turns out, imaging at that level isn’t science fiction… read more at (PDF)

~ by jeffreyperkel on February 7, 2014.

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