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Biology and Biomembranes

Using neutron scattering to understanding the complex nature of biology

The antimicrobial protein beta-purothionin bound to a anionic lipid mo

The antimicrobial protein beta-purothionin bound to a anionic lipid monolayer. Structure deduced by neutron reflectometry.
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The study of biological complexes and biomembranes are rapidly growing fields of research where the unique power of neutron scattering techniques is providing key information.



Neutron scattering is increasing our understanding of biological structures. Whether it’s examining the structure of a biological complex in solution, a surface associated model biological membrane or studying the dynamics of a biological macromolecule neutron scattering techniques are providing key insights. However, this growing area of research comes with its own unique challenges.

To face these challenges, the biological and bio-membranes groups at ISIS assist facility users in the preparation and analysis of biological samples prior to, during and after ISIS instrument beam-time to allow the biological user community at ISIS to get the most out of their neutron scattering experiments.

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