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Name of Image: Insulin
MIX #: 9901879
NIX #: 9901879 MSFC-9901879
Date of Image: 2004-04-15
Category: Microgravity
 

Full Description: The manipulation of organic materials--cells, tissues, and even living organisms--offers many exciting possibilities for the future from organic computers to improved aquaculture. Commercial researchers are using the microgravity environment to produce large near perfect protein crystals Research on insulin has yielded crystals that far surpass the quality of insulin crystals grown on the ground. Using these crystals industry partners are working to develop new and improved treatments for diabetes. Other researchers are exploring the possibility of producing antibiotics using plant cell cultures which could lead to both orbital production and the improvement of ground-based antibiotic production.
(MRPO) MRD/SPD Discipline(s): SPD Biotechnology Protein Crystallography
(MRPO) Subject Type: Science
Keywords: Science, Microgravity, SPD insulin
MSFC Negative Number: 9901879
Reference Number: MSFC-75-SA-4105-2C
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