Categorized View of Molecule of the Month
Currently, 130 Molecule of the Month articles cover topics from AAA+ proteases to zinc fingers. These columns have been organized to help users explore the Molecule of the Month--and the PDB archive--in the context of biology. Major functional categories can be browsed for areas of interest. Within each topic, descriptive subcategories then lead to the relevant Molecule of the Month features. These categories will grow as new features are published.
The major topic categories include:
- Protein Synthesis: includes the major molecules of protein synthesis, from DNA to RNA to ribosomes to folded proteins.
- Enzymes: further organized by the class of enzymes.
- Health and Disease: covers topics such as drug action, viruses, and the molecular basis of disease.
- Biological Energy: presents processes for capturing and converting energy in cells.
- Infrastructure and Communication: includes topics such as structural proteins and cell signaling.
- Biotechnology and Nanotechnology: explores the ways scientists look to nature for inspiration and harness biological machinery for use in science and technology.
Past Molecule of the Month articles can still be searched by date and feature title, but the category view lets users access the Molecule of the Month archive with a biological interest in mind, rather than a specific molecule. The Biological Energy topic category, for example, contains subcategories Capturing the Energy in Food, Photosynthesis, Molecular Motors, and Creating and Capturing Light, which can be browsed for the related Molecule of the Month features. The same article will be listed under multiple categories/subcategories if it can be categorized in several ways.
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