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Scientists from the Far Eastern Federal University will create a biological molecules data bank

Scientists from the Far Eastern Federal University will create a biological molecules data bank

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Date : Sep 21, 2017 12:53 PM

Scientists expect to find unique medicines

A collection of biomolecules that may later help synthesize new drugs will be created in the Far Eastern Federal University.

Investigators will conduct a study of biomolecules in the newly opened Center for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine in the FEFU, the University press service said. Scientists will focus primarily on the flora and fauna of the Far East.

«Health is correlated to biodiversity — different species contain molecules that are the basis of potential drugs. With the biodiversity disappearance we lose several important medicines every year, so we need to explore as many species as possible for their use in medicine. We have already started collecting samples of microorganisms, we are studying their impact on human health,» Alexander Kagansky, the Head of the Center for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine said.

There are several hundred banks of biomolecules nowadays. In particular, one of the largest collections — Protein data bank contains about 130 thousand records describing three-dimensional structures of proteins and nucleic acids. It is known that this data bank is also supported by sponsors.

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