Celebrating 50 Years of Crystallography

The New England Biology Association will host an evening seminar reflecting on 50 years of Crystallography on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at the Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA. The evening will be comprised of a reception, introduction from Prof. Stephen Harrison and seminar by Prof. Michael Rossmann, followed by dinner.

Charles Hotel
Cambridge, MA
The Longfellow Room  
January 14, 2010


Cocktail Reception: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Introduction by Stephen Harrison: 7:30 pm
Michael Rossmann Talk: 8:00 pm

Abstract of Michael Rossman's talk:

Myoglobin and haemoglobin: The first three dimensional protein structures. A personal first hand account will be given of the events leading to the determination of the sperm whale myoglobin and horse oxy-haemoglobin structures in 1959. The results provided the first verification of Darwin's theory of evolution at a molecular level. They also indicated how haemoglobin bound oxygen in lungs and released oxygen in tissue. The techniques developed for these investigations formed the foundation of modern structural biology, resulting in more than 50,000 near atomic resolution structures that are now deposited in the Protein Data Bank.

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