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Meeting Briefs: Crystallographers Pinpoint What Goes Where

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Science  30 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5279, pp. 1174-1175
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5279.1174


Seattle—In structural biology, as in real estate, location is key. And by tracking x-rays or other high-energy sources as they scatter off crystallized biomolecules, crystallographers can pinpoint locations of structures that perform crucial biological functions. At the International Union of Crystallography XVII Congress and General Assembly, held 8 to 17 August, researchers using the technique reported insights into how antibodies bind to cold viruses, why the AIDS drug AZT is not terribly effective, how a protein in the cellular “power plant” harnesses energy, and a frightening microbial weapon, among other topics.