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New study of proteins in space could yield better understanding, new drug development, in addition to future scientists
Innovative methods of drug discovery don’t always take place in an academic laboratory. They may start there, but they can also happen in orbit aboard the International Space Station, as protein crystallization research from UAB is about to demonstrate once again.Innovative methods of drug discovery do not always take place in an academic laboratory. They may start there, but they can also happen in orbit aboard the International Space Station, as protein crystallization research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham is about to demonstrate once again. “The human body contains many proteins known to be involved in a number of diseases,” said Lawrence DeLucas, O.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering. “Understanding the atomic structure and function of a protein allows scientists to begin development on compounds that can interact with the protein and subsequently regulate its function.” In order to determine the structure of a protein,...
Administrators at UAB hope that a recent vote by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees to make the Department of Biomedical Engineering a joint department of the schools of Engineering and Medicine will help faculty and students in both areas to work more effectively and better integrate research, education and patient care.
Today, human spaceflight has a very different profile. The shuttle program ended in 2011, and the surviving shuttles are in museums. Science is now done aboard the International Space Station, which is partly served by commercial rockets.But the protein crystal experiments go on. “We’ve learned a lot,” Lawrence J. DeLucas of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, one of the scientists involved, said in an interview last week.