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This diagram depicts the configuration of the complex tropoelastin molecule, which forms the basis for the elastin that gives tissues like skin and blood vessels their elasticity. The molecule’s atom-by-atom structure was decoded by a team of researchers from MIT, Australia and the UK. Courtesy of the researchers

Decoding molecule that gives living tissues their flexibility

For the first time, MIT specialists have decoded the molecular structure of the complex molecule, tropoelastin, and additionally the details of what can turn...