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Drugs in Space II

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Merck and Schering-Plough will conduct protein crystal growth experiments aboard the space shuttle Discovery, due for lift-off March 13. Merck will supply a sample of elastase to help determine the enzyme's structure, while Schering will grow crystals of gamma interferon. The two companies provided similar experiments for the Discovery mission last September. Merck's principal investigator is MS&D Research Labs biophysicist Manuel Navia, PhD, who was also aboard the shuttle in September. Schering's experiment will be conducted by VP-Biotechnology T.L. Nagabhushan, PhD.

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