What is a protein? A biologist explains

A biologist explains where proteins come from and what role the 20,000 or so proteins in your body play in keeping you alive and kicking.

Nathan Ahlgren, Assistant Professor of Biology, Clark University • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~5 min

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AI makes huge progress predicting how proteins fold – one of biology's greatest challenges – promising rapid drug development

Scientists in an artificial intelligence lab have made a breakthrough in solving the problem of how proteins fold into their final three-dimensional shape. The work could speed up creation of drugs.

Marc Zimmer, Professor of Chemistry, Connecticut College • conversation
Dec. 2, 2020 ~11 min

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Diabetics break bones easily – new research is figuring out why their bones are so fragile

Researchers are starting to understand why the bones of diabetic people are more prone to fractures.

Lamya Karim, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

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