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Studying Protein Shape and Function
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Studying Protein Shape and Function

June 5, 2012
Researchers use cluster analysis to study protein shape and function. Each green circle represents one potential shape of the protein mitoNEET. The longer the blue line between two circles, the greater the differences between the shapes. Most shapes are similar--they fall into three clusters that are represented by the three images of the protein. Credit: Elizabeth Baxter, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, University of California, San Diego