Even if imprisoned inside a crystal, molecules can still move

6 octubre 2015

X-ray crystallography reveals the three-dimensional structure of a molecule, especially for therapeutic or biotechnological purposes. For the first time, a study has shown that residual movements continue to animate proteins inside a crystal and that this movement ‘blurs’ the structures obtained via crystallography. The study stresses that the more these residual movements are restricted, the better the crystalline order.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151006111601.htm

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