Syringe, Protein Crystal Growth Experiment, Shuttle

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This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

Syringes such as this one were used in protein crystal growth experiments on the Space Shuttle. Astronauts activated experiments by injecting a solution into a growth cell to start the process of protein crystal growth. By experimenting with different proteins, solutions, and growth conditions, researchers learned more about producing protein crystals large enough to be studied well. This knowledge is important for medical, drug, and agricultural research.

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, actively involved in experiments for Shuttle flights, gave this item and a large set of protein crystal growth equipment to the Museum in 2012.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number

A20120285001

Credit Line

Gift of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Center for Biological Sciences and Engineering

Manufacturer

Country of Origin

United States of America

Materials

Stainless steel, plastics, glass, Velcro

Dimensions

3-D: 16.5 x 4.4 x 3.2cm (6 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Type

EQUIPMENT-Scientific Devices