Drug Discovery Zone

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Scientists are coming up with new treatments for diseases and illnesses all the time, many of which will be a new drug. Discovering a new drug could start from many places: modifying the structure of old drugs, studying organisms that cause disease to find weaknesses, computer modelling of completely new molecules, testing what compounds found in nature can do, and some drugs are even found completely by accident.

In this zone, you’ll meet one scientist designing potential new cancer medicines, another using new ways to make new drugs, and another advising the government on decisions that change what drug research gets funded. Other scientists in this zone test new medications on animals that can be used in human and veterinary medicine, or work out how bacteria, other cells and molecules communicate and work together to maintain a healthy gut.

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