Thursday, 24 March 2016

Flagella: Molecule(s) of the Month for April 2016

I was scanning my twitter account the other week, when a tweet from a colleague (@jwscattergood) suggested looking at some amazing images from a collaborative structural biology project at Imperial College. The structures of three separate bacterial flagella formed the focus of a publication in the open access journal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (follow this link). The structures (shown LHS is the Vibrio fischeri flagellum) produced via cryo electron microscopy (an original image before reconstruction is shown top LHS) in conjunction with applied molecular cloning technologies, are truly stunning and just as the double helix of DNA is iconic to all, the flagella of cells is certainly a "small wonder of Nature" in my book, as well as John's.