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Unlocking Secrets Of Protein

Scientists are using an at ’s to discover how a key binding protein protects our .

This special , or RPA, is critical to keeping our hereditary information intact, which allows geneticists to track diseases that may be passed from one generation to another.

RPA keeps the single strands untangled and also prevents attacks by enzymes that can break up the and render the code indecipherable.

Little is known about how RPA molecules perform these complex roles, but using the CG-3 Bio SANS instrument as part of a multi-pronged approach – neutron scattering, X-ray scattering and computational simulation – scientists hope to develop many answers.


DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory