Foundations of Structural Biology
- Leonard Banaszak, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
Imagine trying to understand an engine without visualizing its moving parts. Biological processes involve far more complex chemical reactions and components than any engine. Furthermore, the parts work together to do many more functions than an engine which sole task is to turn a shaft. Understanding the implications of the three-dimensional coordinates for a molecule with several thousand atoms requires an understanding of, and practice with, 3D imaging. For many biologists, this means acquiring a whole new set of skills. Foundations of Structural Biology is aimed at helping the reader develop visualization skills for protein or DNA segments, while also describing the fundamental principles underlying the organization and interaction between these complex molecules.
Graduate students studying protein structure and function, protein chemistry, macromolecular structure and function, structural biochemistry, and physical biochemistry; pharmaceutical companies working in the same fields.