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The Christian B. Anfinsen Papers

[Christian B. Anfinsen with "coat hanger" structure demonstrating protein folding]. [ca. 1991].
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Christian Boehmer Anfinsen, Jr. (1916-1995), was an American biochemist who shared the 1972 Nobel Prize for work that helped explain the structure and composition of proteins in living cells. The National Library of Medicine is the repository for the Christian B. Anfinsen Papers Papers, which range from 1939 to 1999. The collection contains laboratory notebooks, research reports, published articles and books, correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, speeches, news clippings, photographs, and physical objects.

As part of its Profiles in Science project, the National Library of Medicine is digitizing and making available over the World Wide Web a selection of the Christian B. Anfinsen Papers, for use by educators and researchers. This Web site provides access to the portions of the Christian B. Anfinsen Papers that are now publicly available. Individuals interested in conducting research in the Christian B. Anfinsen Papers are invited to contact the National Library of Medicine.

This online Exhibit is designed to introduce you to the various phases of Anfinsen's scientific career and professional life. It is divided into sections that focus on Anfinsen's life and major scientific contributions. We suggest that new visitors begin with this exhibit, which includes a small selection of documents and visuals, organized within these sections. Each section begins with a "Background Narrative," which leads to "Documents" and "Visuals."

Visitors may access additional materials through Search on the navigation bar. They may also view the materials alphabetically or chronologically by choosing Browse on the navigation bar. Documents and visuals in these lists are arranged by format and then either alphabetically by title or chronologically.


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