Protein crystals of the protein, Nup58.
Protein crystals of the protein, Nup58, a key structural component of the nuclear pore complex. The protein is recombinantly expressed in E. coli, purified, and concentrated to 15mg/ml using the gene from Rattus norvegicus. Photo courtesy of James Partridge.

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MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 7.012Introduction to BiologyFall 2004
 7.013Introductory BiologySpring 2006
 7.014Introductory BiologySpring 2005
 7.02Experimental Biology & CommunicationSpring 2005
 7.02CIExperimental Biology - Communications IntensiveSpring 2005
 7.03GeneticsFall 2004
 7.06Cell BiologySpring 2007
 7.08JBiological Chemistry IISpring 2004
 7.13Experimental Microbial GeneticsFall 2003
 7.16Experimental Molecular Biology: Biotechnology IISpring 2005
 7.18Topics in Experimental BiologyFall 2005
 7.22Developmental BiologyFall 2005
 7.24JProtein Folding ProblemFall 2007
 7.27Principles of Human DiseaseSpring 2006
 7.28Molecular BiologySpring 2005
 7.29JCellular NeurobiologySpring 2005
 7.30JFundamentals of EcologyFall 2003
 7.340Ubiquitination: The Proteasome and Human DiseaseFall 2004
 7.340Immune Evasion: How Sneaky Pathogens Avoid Host SurveillanceSpring 2004
 7.340Nano-life: An Introduction to Virus Structure and AssemblyFall 2005
 7.340Avoiding Genomic Instability: DNA Replication, the Cell Cycle, and CancerFall 2006
 7.340Under the Radar Screen: How Bugs Trick Our Immune DefensesSpring 2007
 7.341Brightening up Life: Harnessing the Power of Fluorescence Imaging to Observe Biology in ActionFall 2006
7.341The DNA Damage Response as a Target for Anti-Cancer TherapyFall 2008
 7.342Cancer Biology: From Basic Research to the ClinicFall 2004
 7.342Reading the Blueprint of Life: Transcription, Stem Cells and DifferentiationFall 2006
 7.342Chronic Infection and Inflammation: What are the Consequences on Your Health?Fall 2007
 7.342G-Protein Coupled Receptors: Vision and DiseaseSpring 2007
7.342Systems Biology: Stochastic Processes and Biological RobustnessFall 2008
 7.342Developmental and Molecular Biology of RegenerationSpring 2008
 7.343Protein Folding, Misfolding and Human DiseaseFall 2004
 7.343A Love-Hate Relationship: Cholesterol in Health and DiseaseFall 2005
 7.343Photosynthesis: Life from LightFall 2006
 7.343The Radical Consequences of Respiration: Reactive Oxygen Species in Aging and DiseaseFall 2007
 7.343Neuron-glial Cell Interactions in Biology and DiseaseSpring 2007
 7.343Sophisticated Survival Skills of Simple MicroorganismsSpring 2008
 7.344RNA Interference: A New Tool for Genetic Analysis and TherapeuticsFall 2004
 7.344The Fountain of Life: From Dolly to Customized Embryonic Stem CellsFall 2007
 7.344Antibiotics, Toxins, and Protein EngineeringSpring 2007
 7.344Directed Evolution: Engineering BiocatalystsSpring 2008
 7.345Evolution of the Immune SystemSpring 2005
 7.346Synaptic Plasticity and Memory, from Molecules to BehaviorFall 2007
 7.349Biological Computing: At the Crossroads of Engineering and ScienceSpring 2005
 7.36JFoundations of Computational and Systems BiologySpring 2004
 7.38JIntroduction to Bioengineering (BE.010J)Spring 2006
 7.391Concept-Centered TeachingFall 2005
 7.391Concept-Centered TeachingSpring 2006
 7.58Molecular BiologySpring 2005
 7.66JCognitive & Behavioral GeneticsSpring 2001
 7.69JDevelopmental NeurobiologySpring 2005
 7.72Developmental BiologyFall 2005
 7.88JProtein Folding ProblemFall 2007
 7.91JFoundations of Computational and Systems BiologySpring 2004
 7.931Concept-Centered TeachingFall 2005
 7.931Concept-Centered TeachingSpring 2006
 7.98JNeural Plasticity in Learning and DevelopmentSpring 2002
 7.A12Freshman Seminar: Structural Basis of Genetic Material: Nucleic AcidsFall 2005
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