• Question: Can you use chrystals to see the structure of fat?

    Asked by 12jphilip to Daren on 17 Jun 2014.
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      Daren Fearon answered on 17 Jun 2014:

      Fat is made up of a type of cell called adipocytes. These cells are much bigger than the molecules we have to crystallise to solve their structure. We can use much simpler techniques like microscopy so see the structure of fat cells. If we wanted to solve the structure of proteins inside the fat cells, then crystallography can help with that!