Science on the verge of unravelling the atomic structures of proteins


Coverage in the media of the 25th Barcelona BioMed Conference on membrane proteins—molecules that account for 30% of the human genome. To date, the atomic structures of only 3% of these proteins are known from an estimated 15,000. More than 50% of current drugs target membrane proteins, thus indicating the immense therapeutic potential for relevant functions that cells undertake.

In a conference organised by the Fundación BBVA and IRB Barcelona in Barcelona, 150 international scientists are brought together to debate membrane protein functions, atomic resolution techniques and drug development.

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