Adventures in outer space tells us more about the human experience than just galaxies and stars — it can also innovate our healthcare industry.
The human body needs proteins to live, but some are too tiny to study under a microscope. For that reason, scientists are using a process called protein crystallization to understand their structure from beginning to end.
A protein's shape can give "clues about its function and behavior," NASA stated in a video.
There's a reason scientists are growing these crystals in space rather than on Earth: Space crystals typically have fewer flaws, creating a higher-quality sample to work with. As the video states, "the goal is to produce the biggest, most perfect crystals for study."