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Structural Biology Expertize Used to Search for Disease Therapies: Laura M.K Dassama

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  • Apr 12, 2021

The chemist wants to find a very small molecule to enhance the production of fetal hemoglobin to cure people from disease and prevent any disease, which will make their life easy. So talking about Laura, she was an enthusiastic child; she would love to run around in the park play with different children of her age group.  But there was something different with her than with other children. She was very much into sports with the neighborhood kids. However, she always seemed to tire out more quickly than her friends and there were many reasons for this she breathed faster than other children. It was noticed, that her arms would sometimes severely hurt. Her legs would ache. She often lost her breath and got in trouble. Sometimes these situations got very critical due to repeated episodes. These episodes were quite severe and critical that she needed to be hospitalized sometimes and be on heavy medications.

There is a process which is known as blood transfusion. In this process, the blood is transferred to a human body for having instant energy by some exterior source. When she was very young, let’s just say about 5 years old, doctors finally figured out why she always running out of steam. She was suffering from sickle cell anemia. This disease is common in people with a lot of them suffering from this. A chemist from Stanford University, Dassama, wants to use critical structural biology to help find out potential therapies which are required at this point when people are grieving from this condition.

The process is extremely essential to tackle and treat sickle cell disease in people alike to her condition. It is observed that in the U.S., about 100000 people severely experience the inherited disease and ailments. It is being analyzed that the ratio of spreading the disease is very high; this disease is present in one of every 365 black babies born in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa about 300000 children are born with this illness every year. This ailment can result in hazardous problems and will continue to have future consequences. This data was achieved and provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office to Minority health.