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The LMB is responsible for many pioneering techniques, such as methods for determining the three-dimensional structures of proteins and other macromolecules, the sequencing of DNA and the development of monoclonal antibodies.

Our scientists tackle difficult, long-term research problems. At the same time they are encouraged to exploit their discoveries – through patents, licensing and business start-ups – helping to advance medical research and improve the UK’s economic competitiveness.

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Structure of the human 20S proteasome with a ligand revealed by Cryo-EM

Structure of the human 20S proteasome

The proteasome is a protein recycling complex that plays a critical role in the smooth running of our cells. It is present in all multicellular organisms and facilitates cell renewal and the controlled death of damaged cells. Paula da Fonseca, from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, and Edward Morris, from the Institute of Cancer Research,…

Spliceosome U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP structure revealed by cryo-EM

Spliceosome U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP structure

Genes in eukaryotic organisms are frequently interrupted by non-coding segments called introns. Before the protein can be produced, the entire length of each gene including the introns, is transcribed to produce precursor messenger RNA (pre-mRNA). An immense and dynamic molecular machine known as the spliceosome then removes the introns and splices the coding segments together…

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