Perhaps the funkiest scientific journal cover ever published

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Pictured on the left is the cover of this week's Biophysical Journal. On it, muscle motor proteins known as myosin can be seen translocating (a.k.a. "walking") across an actin filament. You will surely notice that this particular myosin motor – Myosin-V – appears to be walking with a rather fantastic gait. This is no accident.

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On the right is the cover art for the record album "Truckin' My Blues Away" (drawn by cartoonist Robert Crumb), from which this week's publication draws its inspiration. Like Crumb's character "Mr. Natural," Myosin-V "tilts and wobbles" to complete its step. Check out the journal cover, the album cover, and the song that inspired them both below.

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Illustration for article titled Perhaps the funkiest scientific journal cover ever published
Illustration for article titled Perhaps the funkiest scientific journal cover ever published

[Biophysical Journal via It's Okay to be Smart]

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yankton
Yankton, née Spacemonkey Mafia

I'm surprised you drew the comparison from the album cover as opposed to the original 'meme', as it were.

Only because Crumb's caricatures of African Americans can be fairly off-putting for those not familiar with his sensibilities. Well, even for those who are familiar with his sensibilities.

But I come not to criticize, but to praise. That journal cover is excellent.