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Joel Sussman, (center, foreground) head of the Protein Data Bank (PDB) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, shows advanced biology students from Smithtown High School images of protein structures, which are used in basic research and drug design. Brookhaven Lab is home to the PDB, which archives these three-dimensional structures and makes them available via the World Wide Web (http://www.pdb.bnl.gov) to the international scientific community, as well as students and the general public. On a recent visit to Brookhaven, accompanied by the PDB's Nancy Manning (standing, left, third from front) and their teachers - Karen Durand (standing, left, front ) and Harvey Goldstein (standing, left, back) - the Smithtown students toured the Brookhaven Genome Sequencing Laboratory and learned about the Human Genome Project, a national effort to identify all the estimated 80,000 genes in human DNA. Additionally, they visited Brookhaven's Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope, one of three microscopes in the world that can image single heavy atoms.
To arrange a tour for your class, group or organization, please call (516) 344-4495.