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Biological Blueprints: Protein Shapes Help Treat Disease

Each protein in our body is uniquely designed to carry out its tasks. If we can understand how protein shapes affect what they do, we might be able to understand what goes wrong in some diseases and develop better treatments.

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Personalized Medicine: Matching Treatments to Your Genes

You’re one of a kind. Wouldn’t it be nice if treatments and preventive care could be designed just for you, matched to your unique set of genes?

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Your Microbes and You: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Trillions of microscopic creatures—like bacteria, fungi and viruses—are living in and on your body right now. We tend to focus on destroying bad microbes. But taking care of good ones may be even more important.

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