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Research Article

Alpha-Helical Protein Networks Are Self-Protective and Flaw-Tolerant

  • Theodor Ackbarow,

    Affiliation: Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Dipanjan Sen,

    Affiliations: Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Christian Thaulow,

    Affiliation: Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Markus J. Buehler mail

    mbuehler@mit.edu

    Affiliations: Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Computational Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: June 23, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0006015

About the Authors

Theodor Ackbarow, Dipanjan Sen, Christian Thaulow, Markus J. Buehler
Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Dipanjan Sen
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Markus J. Buehler
Center for Computational Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: mbuehler@mit.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: TA MJB. Performed the experiments: TA MJB. Analyzed the data: TA DS CT MJB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: TA DS MJB. Wrote the paper: TA DS CT MJB.