Procollagen structure, X-ray diffraction

Procollagen structure, X-ray diffraction

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Credit: KING'S COLLEGE LONDON ARCHIVES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Procollagen structure. X-ray crystallography diffraction pattern obtained as part of research to determine the structure of the protein procollagen, precursor to the connective tissue protein collagen. This image, of a sample from a rabbit, was produced by British physicist Claude Curling (1923-1993) while at the MRC Biophysics Research Unit at King's College London, UK. It was here in the early 1950s that Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin, and other crystallographers obtained X-ray diffraction patterns for DNA that led to James Watson and Francis Crick's DNA double helix model. As well as DNA, the King's College researchers investigated other materials.

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