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Art of Science Gallery 02

Spark of life
Chimera software

Image provided by B. McKay Wood, John Gerlt Lab

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health

The curling ribbon in this image is a representation of a protein’s crystal structure. The image was produced as part of an investigation into one of nature's most efficient catalysts, orotidine 5'-monophosphate decarboxylase (OMPDC). OMPDC helps produce one of the building blocks of RNA. Understanding how proteins like OMPDC function can extend our knowledge of what makes life possible.