Single Crystals of Transfer RNA: An X-Ray Diffraction Study

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Science  20 Dec 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3860, pp. 1381-1384
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3860.1381


Large single crystals of formylmethionyl transfer RNA have been prepared. An x-ray diffraction study shows that the material crystallizes in a hexagonal lattice with a equal to 170 angstroms, c equal to 234 angstroms. The diffraction pattern extends to spacings just under 20 angstroms at present. The crystals are heavily hydrated, containing 88 percent water.

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