Medical Research in 3D
Medical research in 3D. In the search for new medicines, 3D visualizations and lifelike models of molecules and compounds enable a whole new approach. These applications of computer technology are increasingly finding their way into chemical and biological research. Gone are the days when chemists and pharmacists had to mix new concoctions and active ingredients according to the trial and error principle in smelly laboratories. Today, they can hang safety goggles and lab coats in the closet, “brewing” them on the computer.
What shape does a molecule have to have in order to produce the effect I want? This question is at the beginning of the search. Based on these guidelines, a suitable drug can be “tailored” very quickly using computer models. In many cases, the calculator then provides the right and most inexpensive production ways with it.
Computers are also playing an increasingly important role in biotechnology. With the increasing research of human genes, genetic engineering firms and institutes are primarily concerned about not falling behind in the race for the most lucrative gene patents and products. And the key to this is the speed of their ‘ rakers ‘, the fully automatic sequencing, which always spit out new letter columns at breakneck speed.
But also models and simulations are becoming increasingly important: For the alphabet salad makes sense only when it is known which protein it encodes and best still, what function the protein in question has in the body. Since function and spatial structure are inextricably linked with proteins, 3D models have become an indispensable tool.