Structural biology, a seemingly arcane topic, is currently at the heart of biomedical research. It holds the key to the creation of healthier, cleaner and safer lives, since it guides researchers in understanding both the causes of diseases and the creation of medicines required to conquer them. Structural biology describes the molecules of life. It seeks to know how many atoms are present, and in what ways they are connected, in substances like amino acids, enzymes and vitamins, for it is these properties that govern how such molecules function in living bodies.
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