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TV star Mel Giedroyc has teamed up with Oxford University scientists to explore the shapes and structures of proteins: vital building blocks of life on Earth.

In a new animation launched, entitled 'A case of crystal clarity', the presenter of shows such as The Great British Bake Off is the voice of a mysterious magician who introduces viewers to a different kind of cookery: the science of crystallography. In crystallography, molecules such as proteins are transformed into crystals and then bombarded with X-rays. The patterns made by these X-rays give clues to a particular protein’s 3D structure.

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