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From ancient Egyptian sarcophagi bathed in lapis lazuli to a synthetic pigment accidentally created in a lab that’s already being patented and marketed as ‘the bluest blue ever,’ blue is the rarest—and perhaps the most celebrated—color on earth. But why is it so hard to make and why are we are so enamored with it?

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MALE: You know we started this work about eight years ago and I didn’t know what collagen was. I thought it was in my Jell-O. Collagen first of all it’s the most abundant human protein by far. It’s about 30 percent by weight. And to understand the processes by which it’s remodeled and restructured are

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Welcome to BCMP. [MUSIC PLAYING] [LAUGHTER] BCMP stands for [INTERPOSING VOICES] BCMP stands for biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology. The overarching theme that brings our faculty together is how the machines of biology work and the tools that we use to shed light on these questions. Out hope is through our studies that we really

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Researching a new medical cure… unlocking DNA’s secrets… or developing a more resilient variety of wheat… biochemists and biophysicists study living things and the processes that make them grow, change, and die. These scientists design and conduct experiments, such as testing the effects of drugs, or learning how different cells divide and grow. They may

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(music playing) Dr. Larry Romsted: I’m interested in Chemistry because I was always interested in Chemistry. I was one of those guys when Sputnik went up, and there was a call in the country to have people do science, I responded to that. In graduate school, I ended up working with a guy named Cortis,

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>>When I was interviewing, I was struck when I came to the NIH that a lot of the people I talked to, a lot of the investigators, were actually still working at the bench — so the only place I interviewed in the whole country where I would go into someone’s lab and they weren’t

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