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Lab Encodes Collagen: Program Defines Stable Sequences for Synthesis, Could Help Fight Disease, Design Drugs, Rice University Study


9/26/2012 7:37:11 AM

The human body is proficient at making collagen. And human laboratories are getting better at it all the time. In a development that could lead to better drug design and new treatments for disease, Rice University researchers have made a major step toward synthesizing custom collagen. Rice scientists who have learned how to make collagen – the fibrous protein that binds cells together into organs and tissues – are now digging into its molecular structure to see how it forms and interacts with biological systems.

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