Revealing 3D macromolecular complexes
Structural biology explores molecular structures such as proteins and ribonucleic acid (RNA)-the building blocks of life. Scientists seek to understand how these structures are designed and how structural variations affect functionality. Structural biology research is essential to understanding the origins of events such as virus-induced disease, allergic hypersensitivities, and cell growth and differentiation.
Today, many structural biologists are interested in finding innovative ways to intervene in disease processes and find new preventive measures, treatments, and pharmaceutical agents. To accomplish this, they must understand the activities, functions and properties of the molecular machinery within cells and unravel the fundamentals of life.