NDM celebrates the International Year of Crystallography

Revolutionary Biology

NDM celebrates the International Year of Crystallography. Our documentary series Revolutionary Biology explains how the field of structural biology has developed over the past 100 years, Oxford’s involvement in that development, and where we go from here!

Part 1: The building blocks of life

Part 2: The history of structural biology

Part 3: Advanced technology

Part 4: A new age of drug discovery

Interview with Yvonne Jones

Professor Yvonne Jones is director of the Cancer Research UK Receptor Structure Research Group. Her research focuses on the structural biology of cell surface recognition and signalling complexes. Receptors embedded in the surface are potential targets for therapeutic intervention in many diseases including cancer.

Part 1: The building blocks of life

Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells, which all have to communicate with each other for things to work correctly.

As well as performing many functions in the body, proteins help our cells to communicate. Every protein within the body has its own job to do. Some are involved in structural support and bodily movement, while others help us fight off germs.

When a protein’s function is inhibited, cell communication is compromised, which can cause diseases such as cancer.

It makes you wonder how it all works. Is it just luck or organised chaos?  Find out more in Part 2: Oxford and the history of structural biology


There is a chicken hidden in each of the Revolutionary Biology videos. It is either a photo of a chicken, a real animal, or the word chicken mentioned during the film.
Watch all four Revolutionary Biology films and tell us where the chickens appear in each film to win a prize.