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Antibiotics and The Cell's Protein Factory


Tue 4 Apr 2017, 6:00pm

Where: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Domain Dr, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Members and Friends of the Royal Society Te Apārangi: $17.00
  • Professional Members (MRSNZ) Royal Society Te Apārangi: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Royalsocietyofnz

Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi.

Prestigious Speakers:
Sir Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan
Nobel Laureate, President of The Royal Society, London, Indian-American-British structural biologist

Antibiotics and the cell’s protein factory:
The thousands of different proteins in each cell are made by translating information encoded in our genes. This translation is fundamental to life. A large molecular machine called the ribosome carries out the process. The ribosome is an ancient molecule that evolved before proteins as we know them today existed.

They have developed differently in bacteria and humans, so many antibiotics block the bacterial ribosome without affecting human ones to the same degree. Professor Venki Ramakrishnan will discuss how the structure of the ribosome has led to new insights into its function and how antibiotics work.

Presented in partnership with The Royal Society, London.
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