Fixing ‘Misfolded’ Proteins for New Drug Treatments

6:50 minutes

Reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers were able to fix “misfolded” proteins and restore their function in mice. Lead researcher Michael Conn discusses how to mend an incorrectly folded protein and what this may mean for developing future therapies for a variety of diseases.

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Michael Conn

Michael Conn is senior vice president for research, associate provost, and professor of internal medicine and cell biology-biochemistry at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas.

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