Synchrotron Radiation: A Probe for Biomedical Research

  • Robert M. Sweet
Conference paper
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 46)


A genome is like a book: each is a long list of letters. One can begin to understand this list when one puts the letters into words that represent codons, each specifying an amino acid. The words can be organized into sentences to give folding units: alpha-helices or strands of beta sheets. The sentences ultimately can be formed into that unit of organized thought in both language and protein structure, the paragraph, representing a protein molecule. We can carry the simile further and talk about the chapters being tissues or combined enzyme systems. The book, of course, represents the entire organism. The plan of this essay is to discuss biological structure at the paragraph and chapter level.


Synchrotron Radiation Triosephosphate Isomerase National Synchrotron Light Source Laue Diffraction Oxidizable Residue 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Sweet
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  1. 1.Biology DepartmentBrookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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