The 'fingerprint' that X-rays can leave on structures.

  title={The 'fingerprint' that X-rays can leave on structures.},
  author={Raimond B G Ravelli and Se{\'a}n M. McSweeney},
  volume={8 3},
BACKGROUND Exposure of biomacromolecules to ionising radiation results in damage that is initiated by free radicals and progresses through a variety of mechanisms. A widely used technique to study the three-dimensional structures of biomacromolecules is crystallography, which makes use of ionising X-rays. It is crucial to know to what extent structures determined using this technique might be biased by the inherent radiation damage. RESULTS The consequences of radiation damage have been… CONTINUE READING