Uncovering the secrets of elastin’s flexibility
Elastin is a crucial building block in our bodies. But exactly how this protein-based tissue assembles itself to achieve this flexibility remained an unsolved question — until now. A team of researchers at MIT, in Australia, and in the U.K. has carried out an analysis that reveals the details of a hierarchical structure of scissor-shaped molecules that gives elastin its remarkable properties.


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