Proteins are the building blocks of life—a fact you probably remember from Biology 101. Because these molecules perform some of the most complex chemical and biological functions, it’s no wonder scientists believe they hold the key to solving many human problems related to disease, environmental protection and more. But despite such great promise, our ability to enhance and engineer new proteins is limited by our understanding of these sophisticated molecules. This is the challenge that the biochemistry department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hoping to overcome with the help of high-throughput experimentation and high-speed photography.

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