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Physicists Help Biologists to Understand Protein Folding; Results Help Further Basic Medical Research

July 17th, 2010

Physicists at UC Santa Barbara have created a microscopic device to assist biologists in making very fast molecular measurements that aid the understanding of protein folding. This development may help elucidate biological processes associated with diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Since proteins in the body perform different functions according to their shape, the folding process is considered a key area of study.

UCSB Press Release