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Molecular model, Cambridge, England, 1962-1972

The enzyme chymotrypsin is represented by this molecular model. It was made at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge. Chymotrypsin was the first enzyme whose structure was determined. It is produced by the pancreas and found in the intestinal tract of mammals. The enzyme is essential in the production of amino acids, which are the building blocks for proteins in the body. The model was donated to the Science Museum by the Imperial College of Science & Technology, London.

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1993-91

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a physical model that represents molecules and their processes and structures

Glossary: model - representation

Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.

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