Thursday, May 27, 2004

How raindrops are like proteins

My news alert had two worthwhile stories today. One is "Unexpected similarities between raindrops and proteins," and the other is old news about a future gene therapy for ALS.

I'm not sure what protein folding has to do with ALS, but it's there in the article. Their finding is that proteins come together the same way raindrops do. Specifically, a bunch of molecules have to come together at once for the drop to form. If there are not enough, they just fall apart and nothing happens.
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