Science Art: PDB_1h54_EBI by Jawahar Swaminathan and MSD staff at the European Bioinformatics Institute

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I guess I’m on a Lactobacillus kick. This is not confetti celebrating a Lactobacillus party, and it’s not a photograph of what happens when a Lactobacillus drinks too much strawberry milk and explodes.

It’s a diagram.

This is the structure of a protein found inside a Lactobacillus bacterium, specifically a molecule called maltose phosphorylase. I guess it has something to do with digesting maltose, but I’m no biochemist. Ah, but Wikipedia tells me it’s involved in metabolizing sugars, so there you go.

Image from Wikimedia Commons.