bioLeeds

bioLeeds is a group of people interested in art, design and making with biology in Leeds city region.

Byron’s Bender

The Byron’s Bender project is a collaboration between Dr. Lorna Dougan, Dr. Bruce Turnbull and Paul Turner, using a piece of kit called… well, a Byron’s Bender, a metal bending machine used in the 70’s and 80’s computers weren’t quite powerful enough to visualize and model protein structures. In this case however, the group are looking to re-design the bender slightly, so that it may be computerised and automated, to constantly fold any protein the group desires, much like the endoplasmic reticula of a cell, before then passing it along to be pulled back apart by an upscaled version of an Atomic Force Microscope, much like the ones used by Dr. Dougan in her lab to figure out the structure of the protein.

Bruce and Lorna bend wire into the shape of molecules, 2015.

Bruce and Lorna bend wire into the shape of molecules, 2015.

Bruce and Lorna bend wire into the shape of molecules, 2015.

Bruce and Lorna bend wire into the shape of molecules, 2015.

Bruce and Lorna bend wire into the shape of molecules, 2015.

Bruce and Lorna bend wire into the shape of molecules, 2015.

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