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Title: Standing Out While All "Packed" Together
Author(s): Tuntland, Mike
Abstract: I use biophysical methods to characterize enzymes in the purine biosynthetic pathway of the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. This image shows the crystal structure packing of PurK at 2 Å resolution in which I solved via X-ray diffraction at Argonne's APS (Advanced Photon Source). To form a crystal to be able to diffract, the protein has to form a highly ordered packing arrangement. To me this image represents the thousands of graduate students all "packed" together seeming to be doing the same routine... research. I changed the color of the center molecule to red as another representation, that it only takes one to stand out and be a leader, much like it takes that first molecule to start the orderly formation that ends up being a quality crystal. To generate this image I used PyMOL, which is software open to the public.
Issue Date: 2011
Type: Image
Description: Entry 2011 in The Image of Research, a competition for students in graduate or professional degree programs at UIC, sponsored by UIC's Graduate College and the University Library. Images of award recipients and honorable mention images on exhibition in the Richard J. Daley Library, April 13-May 30, 2011.
Sponsor: University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate College
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-01-05

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