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A New Study Reveals the Molecular Structure of an Important Protein in the Zika Virus


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"ZIKA" IS A GLOBAL HEALTH-EMERGENCY.  AND NOW, A STUDY HAS REVEALED THE MOLECULAR STRUCTURE OF AN IMPORTANT "ZIKA"-VIRUS PROTEIN--WHICH MAY HELP SCIENTISTS BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW THAT VIRUS REPLICATES.  DOCTOR STEPHEN STREIFFER ["STRY-FER"] IS WITH "ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY"--WHOSE "ADVANCED PHOTON SOURCE", OR "A-P-S", PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN THE RESEARCH...

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THIS WORK ON THE 'ZIKA'-VIRUS IS JUST ONE OF MANY RESEARCH-PROJECTS THAT ARE FOCUSED ON FINDING THE STRUCTURE OF PROTEINS AND OTHER BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES.  THE 'A-P-S' IS BASICALLY A STADIUM-SIZED, 'X-RAY' MICROSCOPE THAT ALLOWS RESEARCHERS TO SEE THE STRUCTURE OF MOLECULES--ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE ATOMIC LEVEL.  THIS ENABLES PREDICTION OF BIOLOGICAL BEHAVIOR OR FUNCTION--WHICH CAN LEAD TO MAJOR BREAKTHROUGHS, SUCH AS NEW DRUGS OR ANTIVIRALS.  WE HAVE ABOUT FIVE-THOUSAND RESEARCHERS USING THE 'A-P-S', EACH YEAR, FOR MANY DIFFERENT, GROUNDBREAKING STUDIES--NOT ONLY IN BIOLOGY, BUT ALSO IN AREAS SUCH AS MATERIALS, CHEMISTRY, AND TRANSPORTATION."

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THE "ZIKA"-STUDY WAS LED BY RESEARCHERS FROM THE "UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN" AND "PURDUE".  TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE "A-P-S", VISIT W-W-W-DOT-"A-N-L"-DOT-GOV.



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