Crystallography is the study of atomic and molecular structure. Crystallographers want to know how the atoms in a material are arranged in order to understand the relationship between atomic structure and properties of these materials. They work in many disciplines, including chemistry, geology, biology, materials science, metallurgy and physics. Crystallographers study diverse substances, from living cells to superconductors, from protein molecules to ceramics.
This book focuses on the diverse 3D shapes and functions of biological molecules studied by crystallography. Crystallographers make these 3D structure data publicly available in online resources like the Protein Data Bank and the Cambridge Structural Database. This broad access helps researchers, educators, and students around the world better understand biology and medicine.
Crystallographers also work together in strong communities. The American Crystallographic Association (ACA) is a non-profit, scientific organization that promotes interactions among scientists who study the structure of matter at atomic (or near atomic) resolution.
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