Computing Structural Biology
The Next Top Protein Model
From building muscles to healing wounds, our bodies rely on proteins—chains of small molecules called amino acids that fold into unique shapes. Incorrectly folded proteins can cause disorders like sickle cell disease or cystic fibrosis. Ever-improving computer power is making it easier for researchers to predict how proteins fold and interact with other molecules, possibly leading to new treatments for protein-related disorders.
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