Topic: "Structural biology"

December 15, 2016 3 min to read

Enzyme’s structure helped elucidate RNAi’s mechanism

Category : Look back at 2006

Study confirmed how RNA-cleaving “Dicer” enzyme measures and then snips its substrates, advancing our understanding of gene silencing Stu Borman Dicer cleaves RNAs (blue strands) into segments roughly the length of its “handle” region. PAZ, RNase IIIa, and RNase IIIb are protein domains, and red spheres are magnesium ions. C...

December 7, 2016 1 min to read

Biological structures of the year

Category : Top research of 2016

Nearsighted pictures portend farsighted applications Sarah Everts We might be tempted to think that structural biologists were just showing off by unveiling stunning snapshots of cellular machinery if we weren’t so wowed by the implications of their achievements. If there’s a limit to the biological complexity these scientists ca...