an achievement that has been a goal of researchers from around the world for over 25 years....)
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Physical Biology also used one of our figures as a cover image for the issue.
An image of the water density in the M2 helices of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor was awarded a Highly commended in the Concepts category of the Visions of Science 2005 competition.
Visions of Science is a photographic awards scheme organised by Novartis Pharmaceuticals and co-sponsored by the Daily Telegraph to encourage ongoing discussion about science. [...] To the judges of the Awards, a Vision of Science is an attention-grabbing image that gives new insight into the world of science and the workings of nature. It may show something never seen before, it may explain a scientific phenomenon, it may illustrate scientific data or it may simply be an image that shows the beauty of science.
This image and many other, even more fascinating ones can be seen as large prints in a touring exhibition.
The science behind the image is described in O. Beckstein and M. S. P. Sansom, A Hydrophobic Gate in an Ion Channel: The Closed State of the Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor.
The image was created by loading the average water density from a molecular dynamics simulation (produced by my gridcount tools) and the M2 helices of nAChR into VMD and rendering it with Raster3D 2.7c.