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US NSF -Chemistry & Materials -Research Overview http://www.nsf.gov/news/overviews/chemistry/chem_q04.jsp 1 of 1 3/5/2008 12:36 PM
 

Summary: US NSF - Chemistry & Materials - Research Overview http://www.nsf.gov/news/overviews/chemistry/chem_q04.jsp
1 of 1 3/5/2008 12:36 PM
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A computer simulation of protoglobin, an
oxygen-carrying molecule recently
discovered in single-cell microbes that
live in hot springs and other extreme
environments. Protoglobin appears to be
a primitive form of the hemoglobin
molecule found in the blood of humans
and other mammals.
Credit: James Newhouse, Maui High
Performance Computing Center; Maqsudul
Alam, University of Hawaii
Until recently, humankind's skill at molecular manipulation was nothing compared
to nature's. Witness the precisely fabricated tissues of the human body, the
intricate chemical control system of the genome, or the hair-like locomotive
structure of a paramecium -- each a tour de force of biological complexity and
precision.

  

Source: Alam, Maqsudul - Department of Microbiology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Biology and Medicine