• Crystal-free crystallography

    A new twist can make seeing tricky molecules crystal clear.

    How do we know that DNA is a double helix, or that coronavirus spike proteins are spike-shaped? One technique – X-ray...

    Chemistry January 20, 2022
  • Protein mutation's hidden past

    Modern humans developed a protein mutation that protects cells against oxidative stress – but som...

    A single protein mutation may have had health benefits for anatomically modern humans compared to our Neanderthal cou...

    Anthropology January 6, 2022
  • Watching proteins dance

    Study finds a way to visualise these teeny powerhouses of the body.

    Proteins are so small that visualising them working in a cell has long been elusive, but a new study, published in Ce...

    Biology October 19, 2021
  • Making saliva is quite a complex business

    Study tracks down where all the proteins come from.

    There’s more to saliva than meets the eye – and mouth. Researchers in the US and Norway have taken a close look at wh...

    Biology November 18, 2020