Learning to Grow Protein Crystals

Enter Dr. Eric Gouaux of OHSU. Dr. Gouaux received the donated lysozyme, and he donated the other materials for the project. Dr. Gouaux has come to Jackson several times to coach us along in the lysozyme crystal growing process. Josie and Celeste have the procedure for the drop method of growing crystals down pat. At Dr. Gouaux’s lab we had the opportunity to look at lysozyme crystals through a polarizing lens. Polarization is one way to determine that what you’re looking at is actually crystalline.

This picture of lysozyme crystals was taken using Celeste’s cool digital microscope!


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