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NDM celebrates the International Year of Crystallography. Our documentary series Revolutionary Biology explains how the field of structural biology has developed over the past 100 years, Oxford’s involvement in that development, and where we go from here!

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NDM celebrates the International Year of Crystallography. Our documentary series Revolutionary Biology explains how the field of structural biology has developed over the past 100 years, Oxford’s involvement in that development, and where we go from here!

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    Part 4: A New Age of Drug Discovery

    Part 4: A New Age of Drug Discovery

    You just have to step into your local chemist to see how far medicine has come over the past 100 years. Life changing drugs, which were once unthinkable – like antibiotics, insulin and the contraceptive pill – are now commonplace. But there’s still so much we don’t know about the medicines we take. Consider your average pack of Paracetamol pills; we know these work to cure headaches and pains, we know they’re relatively harmless when taken in small doses, but scientists still don’t really know how they work. And if we don’t know how existing drugs work, how can we design better ones?

    • 5 min
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    Part 1: The Building Blocks of Life

    Part 1: The Building Blocks of Life

    Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells but it doesn’t matter how closely you look, you still won’t see them. In fact, most of our cells are smaller than the width of a hair. To make sure that our bodies work correctly, our cells have to talk to each other – a pretty daunting task. So how do our cells communicate?

    • 5 min
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    Part 2: The history of structural biology

    Part 2: The history of structural biology

    Understanding the function of a protein is an important step in finding out why the body succumbs to disease – but how do scientists find these proteins and figure out how they work?

    • 6 min
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    Part 3: Advanced technology

    Part 3: Advanced technology

    Just over a decade ago the face of British farming changed forever. A devastating outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease led to the enforced slaughter and incineration of over 10 million livestock across the country. While this mass culling halted the spread of disease in the UK, the fight against Foot and Mouth continues to this day, predominately in developing countries. Fortunately, cutting edge structural biology research is paving the way for a new vaccine, set to revolutionise farming on a global scale.

    • 5 min

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