Bringing Structure to Biology
|01 Sep 2018||
Opening up a Wormhole
The image for September in our 2018 calendar depicts Lysenin, a molecular hole punch produced by garden earthworms.
Revealing Beautiful Biology
Earthworms produce lysenin as an immune mechanism. It helps protect the worm from infection by boring holes in the cell membrane of organisms pathogenic to the worm, causing the cell contents to leak out.
|01 Aug 2018||
Our calendar image for August focuses not on a protein, but on one of the thousands of small molecules in the Protein Data Bank. This particular molecule is vital in our continuing fight against infection and has a long forgotten history.
|01 Jul 2018||
Typhoid Mary and the Indestructible Bacterium
|01 Jun 2018||
Dengue Virus: A Trojan Horse of the Molecular World
The image for June in our 2018 calendar depicts the Dengue Virus (DENV). This virus is responsible for dengue fever, a disease found in low-income populations within tropical areas within Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
|01 May 2018||
Stop motion: The muscular system
|01 Apr 2018||
Viruses: Engineering on the nanoscale
The image for April in our 2018 calendar depicts a single Zika virus protein in addition to the full Zika virus capsid. In this feature we discuss the transition between these two structures and demonstrate the beautiful simplicity of virus assembly.
|13 Mar 2018||
Gin, with a twist
|01 Mar 2018||
A powerful little motor
The image for March in our 2018 calendar shows a pathogenic bacterium, the structures that enable it to interact with the environment, and the powerful molecular motor that drives those structures.
|01 Feb 2018||
Polio- A resolution to eradicate
The near-eradication of poliomyelitis is one of the great success stories of modern medicine. The image in our 2018 calendar for February shows the virus which causes it, and highlights one of the amazing developments in modern structural biology.
|01 Jan 2018||
It is estimated that around 37 million people are living with an HIV infection. The molecule on the surface of HIV that recognises host cells and enables the virus to get inside them is depicted in our calendar image for January.