Local study pinpoints how viruses invade cells

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by wdlove, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
  2. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    No one thought of this before?

    Wow... that kinda... late.

    'How do Viruses Break through a Cell Membrane?'

    That question was never asked?

  3. topicolo macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2002
    Ottawa, ON
    Ummm... you don't seem to realize how hard it is to crystallize a protein to prepare it for X-ray crystallography. Especially for large proteins, it's a process of trial and error involving up to thousands of different combinations in creating a solution with the proper concentrations of different chemicals which will be enough to form the proper crystal protein aggregates to use in X-ray crystallography.

    This process alone can take years to work.
  4. wdlove thread starter macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    That was my thoughts exactly. They needed the advances in technology. As you said much of scientific investigation is trial and error. Also many discoveries occur by accident. They may be studying one than that can lead to many other avenues of knowledge.

    Many things in medicine tend to be more of an art rather than pure science.

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