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DOE SCIENCE NEWS BY TOPIC: Medicine and Health

DOE sponsors medical research to understand underlying biological, genetic, and molecular processes. This knowledge can then be used to develop new therapies, drugs, and vaccines leading to longer, healthier lives. A leader in the application of science to longstanding and emerging public health threats, DOE also sponsors cutting-edge research designed to create a healthier environment.



Protein shake-up

Protein shake-up

For living organisms proteins are an essential part of their body system and are needed to thrive. In recent years, a certain class of proteins has challenged researchers' conventional notion that proteins have a static and well-defined structure.

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Study could pave the way for painkillers with fewer side effects

Researchers have long sought alternatives to morphine -- a powerful and widely used painkiller -- that curb its side effects, including dependency, nausea and dizziness. Now, an experiment at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has supplied the most complete atomic-scale map of such a compound docked with a cellular receptor that regulates the body's pain response and tolerance.

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Study could pave the way for painkillers with fewer side effects

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Sandia showcases biology breakthroughs available for licensing
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

Buckyballs become bucky-bombs
University of Southern California

Los Alamos creates bioinformatics tool for metagenome analysis
DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory

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