Published: 
Jan 29, 2010

NASA/MSL-1 Protein Crystal Growth Primer - Step 4

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Protein Crystal Growth Primer: Step 4

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...an electron density map. The X-rays actually bounce off the electron clouds that form the outer structure of each atom. With a lot of math we can take the electron density patterns and calculate...

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