Untitled: “The structural basis of…” titles for structural biology papers

This recent tweet made me chuckle. It does seem that many structural biology papers have a title that begins “The structural basis of…”. I took a quick PubMed survey to look at its popularity. First a search of “structural basis”[ti] AND “journal article”[pt] gives us the number of research papers with “structural basis” in the […]

Shiny Cage: visualising clathrin triskelia in a lattice

Clathrin is a three-legged protein complex or triskelion that can assemble into lattice-like structures. Inside the cell, this assembly helps to create vesicles: tiny packages of membranes containing proteins and goodies for the cell to use. Incredibly our first view of assembled clathrin was made in the 1960s, with resolution improving steadily since then. The […]