Protein crystal growth results from the united states microgravity laboratory-1 mission

Lawrence J. Delucas, Karen M. Moore, Terry L. Bray, William M. Rosenblum, H. M. Einspahr, L. L. Clancy, G. S.J. Rao, B. G. Harris, S. H. Munson, B. C. Finzel, Charles E. Bugg

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Protein crystal growth experiments have been performed on fourteen, space shuttle missions between April 1985 and June 1992. These space shuttle missions have been used to grow crystals of a variety of proteins using vapour diffusion, liquid diffusion, and temperature induced crystallization techniques. The United States Microgravity Laboratory-1 mission (June 25-July 9, 1992) was a space lab mission dedicated to experiments involved in materials processing. New protein crystal growth hardware was developed to allow in-orbit examination of initial crystal growth results, the knowledge from which was used on subsequent days to prepare new crystal growth experiments. The hardware developed specifically for the USML-1 mission will be discussed along with preliminary experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)B100-B103
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 14 1993


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