Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Protein structure sculpture

Check out these amazing protein structure sculptures by Julian Voss-Andreae. The GFP (Green Fluorescent Protein) in shiny steel is particularly striking.

He has even provided instructions on how to construct your own [pdf] ... Before the advent of molecular graphics on computers, making physical models similar to this was what crystallographers (and Linus Pauling) did to build protein models.

I've gotta find time to make one of these ... the question is, do I make something of personal significance, or a choose a structure that is actually a little more challenging ?

1 comment:

Jin said...

Hi Andrew,

I'd like to see your molecule out there first.

If you wanted to, you could put in some servos at the joints in the random coil so that they wiggled with a sort of underwater dreamlike quality...