Jan 29, 2010

NASA/MSL-1 Protein Crystal Growth Primer - Step 3

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Protein Crystal Growth Primer: Step 3

... a diffraction pattern, a map of the intensity of the X-rays after they reflect through the crystal. This is a lot like shining a laser through a chandelier. A disorderly chandelier will yield a noisy pattern. A well-made chandelier - or, in our case, a well-ordered crystal - yields a series of sharp diffraction patterns. From these we build ...

It takes just five steps to characterize a protein by crystallization....

step 1
step 2
step 3
step 4
step 5

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Author: Dave Dooling
Curator: Bryan Walls
NASA Official: John M. Horack