Picturing Proteins in 3-D

BY Jenny Marder  May 6, 2011 at 12:05 PM EDT


University of Arkansas biochemist James Hinton wanted his students to be able to visualize proteins to better understand their structure and function. So he developed a virtual computer program that blows proteins up into three-dimensional images, and allows students and researchers to examine them from different angles.

“From a teaching standpoint, it’s really, really important that students be able to touch, feel, see, embrace if you like, these proteins,” Hinton said.

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