Frequently Asked Questions
What is structural biology?
Structural Biology is the study of the three-dimensional shape assumed by biological macromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids. The structure of a protein is intrinsic to the way it functions, and knowledge of this gives researchers a better understanding of how a protein accomplishes its function, as well as how it might be related to other proteins.
Why is structural biology important?
Besides contributing to scientific understanding, practical applications of protein structural data allow us to understand how protein structure contributes to some diseases. The increase in computer power over the last 20 years has made structural studies of biological and chemical molecules accessible to scientists in a wide array of fields, leading to an explosion in the quantity and quality of structures. This has created a new method of drug discovery known as structure guided drug design. In turn, such advances have allowed for the creation of highly effective, low toxicity drugs.
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