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Drug Discovery Tool: 3D Microscope Allows for Groundbreaking Study of Membrane Proteins

Membrane proteins are the "gatekeepers" that allow information and molecules to pass into and out of a cell. The microscopic study of these complex proteins has been restricted due to limitations of the force microscopes available to researchers, and the one-dimensional results these microscopes reveal. Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a three-dimensional microscope that will yield unparalleled study of membrane proteins and how they interact on the cellular level. These microscopes could help pharmaceutical companies bring drugs to the market faster.