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The Structures of Life


Contents
PREFACE: WHY STRUCTURE?
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CHAPTER 1: PROTEINS ARE THE BODY’S
WORKER MOLECULES
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Proteins Are Made From Small Building Blocks
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Proteins in All Shapes and Sizes
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Computer Graphics Advance Research
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Small Errors in Proteins Can Cause Disease
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Parts of Some Proteins Fold Into Corkscrews
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Mountain Climbing and Computational Modeling
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The Problem of Protein Folding
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Provocative Proteins
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Structural Genomics: From Gene to Structure, and Perhaps Function
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The Genetic Code
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CHAPTER 2: X-RAY CRYSTALLOGRAPHY:
ART MARRIES SCIENCE
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Viral Voyages
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Crystal Cookery
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Calling All Crystals
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Student Snapshot: Science Brought One Student From the
Coast of Venezuela to the Heart of Texas
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Why X-Rays?
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Synchrotron Radiation—One of the Brightest Lights on Earth
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Peering Into Protein Factories
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Scientists Get MAD at the Synchrotron
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