February 22, 1999

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Biologists have identified many genes in recent years but often they have no idea as to what these genes actually do. Determining the molecular and cellular functions of the protein that each of those genes encodes for has proved to be particularly difficult. Now, scientists working at the Advanced Light Source have demonstrated a "structural genomics" technique in which high resolution 3-D images of a protein's structure can be used to identify the protein's function ...

In a few seconds an origami artist can fold a sheet of paper into a bird or flower or pagoda or other intricate shape. In much less time, a string of amino acids can fold itself into a protein, the kind of molecule that comes in many thousands of complex shapes and does most of the work of life. Origami can be taught, but no one knows how proteins fold themselves so quickly into the same shapes virtually every time. Investigating this phenomena, scientists working at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have discovered unexpected regularities in the pathways of protein-like structures ...


People are curious and they are toolmakers. We tapped these qualities in order to explore an ancient question: "How did the Universe come to be?" To help answer it, we created what you'll see being built in this slide show entitled Back to the Beginning: The Time Projection Chamber.

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