Protein Folding

Guests: Peter Kollman Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemistry School of Pharmacy University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, California Lynne Regan Professor, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Yale University New Haven, Connecticut Fred Cohen, M.D. Chief, Endocrinology and Metabolism Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology University of California San Francisco San Francisco, California This week, scientists announced that they were able to do a computer simulation of a small protein folding. Understanding exactly how they fold is important, since a protein's shape determines how it functions in the body, and diseases such as Alzheimer's and cystic fibrosis result when proteins don't form properly. In this hour, we'll explore the wonderful world of protein folding.

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