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BUY THIS ANIMATION of a protein folding up into an alpha helix!

protein folding: polypeptide coiling into an alpha helix (α helix)

Proteins consist of long chains (polymers) of amino acids. As they are produced, proteins fold up in complex ways. A standard form of folding is called an alpha helix and many proteins have segments composed of α-helices. This animation gives a conceptual view of a polypeptide coiling up. The side chains are represented by generic yellow ovoids projecting from the chain.

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