Studying the architecture, shape, and dynamics of biological macromolecules is paramount to understanding the basic mechanisms that drive the essential processes of all life. Macromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids carry out most of the functions of a cell, and are able to perform these functions by adopting ensembles of structures under native state conditions. Structural biology is concerned with the driving forces and interactions that determine the three-dimensional shapes and dynamics of biomolecules. Moreover, by applying the fundamental principles of the physical sciences, we are beginning to establish sequence-structure-dynamics-function relationships that enable deeper levels of discoveries, and summon the possibility of de novo structural and functional predictions at the proteome level.
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