Kendrew's original model of the myoglobin molecule, 1957.

Kendrew's original model of the myoglobin molecule, 1957.
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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This plasticine model, made by Sir John Kendrew, was the first ever model to be made of a protein molecule. Myoglobin is a protein containing iron that carries and stores oxygen in muscle cells. In 1957 John Kendrew (1917-1977) and Max Perutz (1914-2002) were able to produce a model of its 3-dimensional structure, for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1962.

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