Structures Smaller than Light


The elegant ribbon drawings that became standard depictions of proteins originated in the sketches of Jane S. Richardson, now a professor of biochemistry at Duke University. The schematics Jane and David Richardson created and refined continue to help biologists untangle protein structures—combinations of helices (corkscrew shapes) and strands gathered into sheets—and thus tie form with function.
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Robert Kosara,
Structures Smaller than Light,
American Scientist, vol. 96, no. 6, pp. 498–499, 2008.