Nov 3, 2006
NASA/July 17, 1997 MSL-1 Science Wrapup - Biotechnology
Better Health Through Crystals
Biotechnology on MSL-1
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MSL-1 carried three sets of experiments, the Second-generation Vapor Diffusion Apparatus (VDA-2), Handheld Diffusion Test Cells (HH-DTC; shown here), and the Protein Crystallization Apparatus for Microgravity (PCAM). The first two had windows to allow TV peeks at the crystals which were growing well. In the HH-DTC, scientists could see well defined crystals of hen white lysozyme and triglycine sulfate, two chemicals that will help understand PCG better. The results from all three experiments will come over the next few months in ground-based analyses. Earlier flights already have yielded several potentially promising treatments.
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