Bill Scott featured at Biophysical Society meeting for solving RNA ligase structure

a fragment of a ribozyme, from the Scott web page about RNA ligase
Monday, March 5, 2007
Branwyn Wagman

Chemist William Scott will be a featured speaker today at the Biophysical Society's New and Notable Symposium, which highlights the latest and most exciting discoveries in biophysics.

The symposium kicks off the society's 51st Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. Speakers are nominated and selected by the Society's program committee.

Scott received this honor for having just solved the first structure of an RNA ligase.

The society said, "This elegant study reveals the mechanism by which RNA is able to copy itself and directly addresses the 'chicken or the egg' problem of what came first, proteins or nucleic acids. It is a wonderful contribution to the biophysical literature and represents absolutely fundamental science."

Three others will also present at the New and Notable symposium: Joshua Wand from the University of Pennsylvania on the role conformational entropy in molecular recognition by proteins; Bertil Hille from the University of Washington on new tools to study and affect the level of plasma membrane proteins in ion channels and cells; and Sriram Subramaniamm from the NIH on 3D electron microscopy images of the receptor-kinase complex that regulates bacterial chemotaxis.

The Biophysical Society, founded in 1956, is a professional, scientific society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its annual meeting, monthly journal, and committee and outreach activities. Its nearly 8000 members are located throughout the U.S. and the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry.

view the slides from the talk


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