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KAIST hosts medical seminar showcasing promising new bio tech treatments
Updated: 2020-09-21 10:06:44 KST

Bio-technology can help people with chronic diseases and improve the quality of life among the elderly.
And to introduce potential buyers to their latest bio-tech innovations, scientists participated in an online seminarheld by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
The first concept to be introduced was an AI-based technology that can help develop new medication.
Drugs are made by creating chemicals that can control cell protein levels, but to do so, a clear vision of what a cell looks like is required.
'Cryo-EM' -- is an ultra-low temperature electron microscope which has a three-dimensional high resolution display, can identify a variety of cells types and even process large biomolecular structures.
The 'X-ray Crystallography' was originally used to analyze cell protein structures, but starting from 2015, Cryo-EM has become more prevalent since it can identify a wider range of cells.

"Most pharmaceutical companies are shifting from X-rays to Cryo-EM. In the future, the majority of drug development will involve this type of technology."

Another presentation was given about eye regeneration.
For eye conditions like 'dry macular degeneration' and some forms of 'glaucoma' there is no treatment.
However, it has been discovered that fish have the ability to self-heal any retina damagewhich led to the idea of applying the same concept to humans.

"If there's retina damage and it has begun to degenerate, people tried using different eye treatments. But, we thought that we could improve on them by injecting homeoproteinto help the retina regenerate by itself and slow down degeneration."

Homeoprotein, naturally found in the human body, allows intercellular movement once injected into the eyeball.
This can even lead to developments in new types of protein and antibody treatments for various retinal degenerative diseases.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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