Chemistry in motion:

Professor Ada Yonath has won (with two colleagues) the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Hear hear. I was lucky enough to attend a talk she gave a few years ago at a conference, where she presented several film clips of the structure of the ribosome (specifically, the bacterial kind), how it works and its  interactions with antibiotic compounds.

These were not general schematic illustrations, the kind you usually come across in textbooks and talks,  but accurate representations of the crystallographic structure – which made the whole thing much better, and, I found, jaw-droppingly beautiful.

You can see some of these clips and illustrations at the Yonath lab webpage. Go have a look, see what the fuss is about. The colours are artificially added, but the rest is pure nature.


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