Space-Grown Crystals Offer Clarity on Parkinson’s Disease

Space-Grown Crystals Offer Clarity on Parkinson’s Disease

Space-Grown Crystals Offer Clarity on Parkinson’s Disease

By Bryan Wright 15 Comments August 13, 2019


[MUSIC] WELCOME TO EXPEDITION 57 ONBOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TODAY WE’RE DOING SOME REALLY COOL SCIENCE THIS IS ALEX GERST OVER HERE WITH ME AND WE ARE WORKING ON PARKINSON’S DISEASE WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT HERE IS A SPECIAL PROTEIN KINASE OR PROTEIN CRYSTAL STRUCTURE AND THE REASON SCIENTISTS HAVE SENT IT UP HERE THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IS BECAUSE THESE PROTEIN CRYSTALS TEND TO GROW LARGER AND HAVE MUCH BETTER QUALITY PARKINSON’S IS A DISEASE THAT AFFECTS OVER 5 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE AND SCIENTISTS ARE CONSTANTLY SEARCHING FOR A CURE AND WHAT WE DISCOVERED WAS THAT HERE IN THE MICROGRAVITY ENVIRONMENT THESE CRYSTALS REALLY LIKE TO GROW SO IF SCIENTISTS CAN BETTER ELUCIDATE OR CLARIFY THE STRUCTURE THEN THEY’RE BETTER ABLE TO DEVELOP AN INHIBITOR DRUG FOR PARKINSON’S AND NOT ONLY AN INHIBITOR DRUG BUT INHIBITOR DRUG WITH VERY FEW SIDE EFFECTS SO WHAT ALEX IS DOING HERE TODAY IS HE’S OBVIOUSLY WORKING ON THE WALLS WHAT IT SEEMS LIKE HERE IN MICROGRAVITY AND HE IS HE’S GOT A MICROSCOPE ABOVE HIM AND HE’S GOT A PLATE THAT HE FILLED WITH THE SPECIAL PROTEIN CRYSTAL STRUCTURE JUST A FEW DAYS AGO GAVE TIME FOR THOSE STRUCTURES TO CRYSTALLIZE AND NOW HE’S EXAMINING THEM UNDER THE MICROSCOPE AND HE’S ACTUALLY INTERACTING REAL-TIME WITH THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR ON THE GROUND TO LOOK AT THE CRYSTAL STRUCTURE TO HELP IMPROVE THE LIGHTING AND THE CLARITY AND THEN ALSO TAKE PICTURES WHICH WILL THEN BE SENT BACK DOWN TO THE GROUND SO HERE ON BOARD EXPEDITION 57 WE’RE VERY PROUD TO BE TAKING PART IN THIS EXPERIMENT I THINK IN THE PAST FEW YEARS SCIENTISTS HAVE REALIZED THAT THE MICROGRAVITY ENVIRONMENT IS SUCH A UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT TO GROW THINGS LIKE CELLS OR PROTEIN CRYSTALS AND IT PROVIDES A NEW WAY TO HELP US LOOK AT DISEASES IN A BETTER WAY TO HELP US DEVELOP NEW MEDICATIONS FOR THESE DISEASES AND SO WE’RE HAPPY TO BE TAKING PART IN THE SCIENCE HERE [MUSIC]

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KILLUMINATI 4 WAKE UP

Bullshit!

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علي الموصلي

اشهد إلا اله إلا الله وانا محمد رسول الله

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Josue Josu

Miuto lindo.o espaço.

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Larry Whittington

Ура….!!!! 😁👍Thank you Dr. Astro Serena & Astro Alexander
Godspeed Sincerely from LarryWhittington

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St Myles

Now that is News worthy. Thank you for sharing NASA Johnson.

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aileen arica

"Great job for the shares" Drs. 😁

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Capt'Wes Starwind

That is just so cool. Being able to coordinate and work in real time doing experiments in space. Truly fantastic.

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Pete is never wrong

My father passed away in October, aged eighty six, after a ten year battle with Parkinson's. It was terrible to behold, especially the last couple of years. Thank you for doing this valuable research.

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The Jayman Show

Wow!! I hope they find a cure!! Rock on!!

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DetectiveGesicht

I was moved to tears. This is so cool and amazing!

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Stephanie Valhalla

Love this channel! Youtube – Stephanie Valhalla ♡

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Larry Whittington

Teamwork Godspeed Sincerely from LarryWhittington 😁👍
❤️🌎💫🛰Ty for Likes

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paxita quillan

❤💜💛💚👌💕🌷🌵🌺🍁🍀🌹🌻🌹 ilove Forever ISS. THANKS.🌷🌻

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maxcap60

when you use the touchscreens in microgravity does it take getting used to as it pushes you away?

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Tricks & Riffs

Lying sacks of garbage.

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