The work and structuring in living cells is mostly performed by proteins, linear chains of amino acids that fold into 3D forms. These organic nanomachines are the essence of life. Our laboratory uses a technique called X-ray crystallography to determine the precise placement of the thousands of atoms that make up these machines, obtaining molecular "blueprints" to understand how they function. We focus on proteins used by infectious agents to cause disease.
Here you can order and received "hardcopy" models of the protein structures. This give a tangible sense of the complexity and function of these biomachines. We offer a simplified representation of these complicated molecules (showing all the atoms is too confusing, usually) in several sizes and prices.
All models are sold at cost - we're non-profit!
For more information on our research, please see our laboratory webpage: http://stebbins.rockefeller.edu/