"I think the crystallization is like a catalyst for more crystallization. Kinda like dropping a salt crystal into a super-saturated salt solution."
"Crystallization is like a chain reaction. Once several crystals are formed, crystal after crystal will follow."
"This is the least scientific sort of guesswork in all of science," says Chang, explaining that protein crystallization is like art. It doesn't occur in nature. "It's up to the fates whether you succeed with it or not."
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