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Closeup of a Back Contour Feather Barb from a Male Eastern Bluebird

Caption: This is a closeup of a back contour feather barb from a male eastern bluebird; demonstrates a protein with channel-type nanostructure. (Scale bar = 500 nanometers.)

Credit: Image courtesy of Richard Prum Lab / Yale University. Published in Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 1792-1795. E.R. Dufresne et al., "Self-assembly of amorphous biophotonic nanostructures by phase separation." Royal Society of Chemistry. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/B902775K

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