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The purple heart of photosynthesis

The structure of a photosynthetic complex from a purple bacterium reveals a new class of light-harvesting protein and the channels that might allow electron-transporting molecules to escape this otherwise closed system. See Article p.228

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Figure 1: Typical organization of a photosynthetic unit in the intracellular membrane of purple bacteria.
Figure 2: X-ray crystal structures of three types of the LH1–RC complex.


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