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October 6, 2014

#1430: Proteins


[[Man and woman talking]]

Man: What do you do?

Woman: I make software that predicts how proteins will fold.

[[Same scene layout, second panel]]

Man: Is that a hard problem?

Woman: Someone may someday find a harder one.

[[Same scene layout, third panel]]

Man: Why is it so hard?

Woman: Have you ever made a folded paper crane?

Man: Yeah.

[[Same scene layout, fourth panel]]

Woman: Imagine figuring out the folds to make an actual living crane.

Man: … just folds? Can I make cuts?

Woman: If you can fold a protease enzyme.