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Chapter 45 : Concluding Remarks for the Helsingør Ribosome Conference, 13 to 17 June 1999
This chapter presents concluding Remarks for the Helsingør Ribosome Conference, 13 to 17 June 1999. By tradition, ribosome meetings terminate with a summary talk delivered by a senior member of the field. In the closing years of the decade, Ada Yonath began her remarkable effort to crystallize the ribosome, the success of which has led the author and his coworkers to the happy circumstances. The low-resolution structure-mapping experiments begun in the 1970s were largely concluded. Electron microscopists interested in ribosomes continued developing techniques for reconstructing three-dimensional images of single biological particles, and at the same time, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopists and X-ray crystallographers began producing high-resolution structures of individual ribosomal components in increasing numbers. The electron microscopists began generating images of unprecedented resolution, and groups outside Berlin began responding to the challenge posed by Yonath's crystals. The techniques the molecular biologists and biochemists have perfected will be more powerful than ever when both experimental designs and data interpretation are informed by an accurately understood structure. The contributions made by the members of the Organizing Committee to the hard work that made the meeting possible were inversely proportional to the distance between Copenhagen and their places of residence.
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