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On the mathematics of protein folding


Speaker: Stephen Smale, City University of Hong Kong
Location: 1147 MSB
Start time: Fri, Feb 21 2014, 4:10PM

We will give an exposition of protein folding without assuming very much technical background. More than fifty years ago Anfinson received the Nobel Prize for his work on what is now called Anfinson's Dogma. We will describe this Dogma which asserts that the amino acid sequence determines the folded state of the protein in the cell. New geometries on the space of proteins will be described and new predictions will be given.