Issue Date: July 31, 2017
Protein folding: Much more intricate than we thought
When he wasn’t playing the viola or sailing around the Chesapeake Bay during the early 1950s, National Institutes of Health scientist Christian Anfinsen was hard at work in the lab trying to understand proteins on a molecular level. It was during this period that he wrote down a law that every biochemist still has top of mind: The sequence of amino acids in a protein is sufficient to determine its three-dimensional structure.
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