Atomic-sized 'MRI scanners' may lead to new drugs: Quantum bits will pick up the structure of single molecules



For scientists developing new drugs, knowing the structure of the molecules involved down to the atomic level can mean the difference between a new treatment and failure.
Current imaging techniques are unable to work out the structure of some key proteins and other important biological molecules, leading to gaps in knowledge.
But researchers in Australia are looking to an offshoot from quantum computing to solve the problem, essentially developing quantum MRI scanners to image individual atoms, which could lead to the development of new drugs.
In a mind-bending piece of theoretical... read more

 
17 October 2016 in Science &Technology, Views: 35
Source: Daily Mail
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