X-ray Diffraction Pattern of Nerve Myelin: A Method for Determining the Phases

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Science  29 Nov 1963:
Vol. 142, Issue 3596, pp. 1173-1174
DOI: 10.1126/science.142.3596.1173


The x-ray diffraction patterns of normal myelin, and of myelin expanded by soaking in hypotonic solutions, have been compared quantitatively. Application of the "shrinkage stage" method for determining the course of a real Fourier transform allows all but 2 of the 32 possible sign combinations to be eliminated.