Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
MIT scientists whose research involves DNA synthesis, protein microsequencing and other operations related to biopolymers are encouraged to explore the services offered through the MIT Biopolymers Laboratory.
The lab is a shared instrumentation service laboratory. Funded by MIT's Center for Cancer Research and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, it provides state-of-the-art research instrumentation to scientists at MIT.
"Basically, we analyze unknown DNA and protein (often disease-related) that is submitted to the Biopolymers Lab and we also synthesize custom DNA and protein for researchers to use in their experiments," said Richard F. Cook, technical director of the lab.
Specific services offered through the lab include protein microsequencing, protein digestion and peptide mapping, peptide synthesis and purification, amino acid analysis, electrospray mass spectrometry, DNA synthesis, DNA sequencing and DNA microarray chip expression analysis.
More information about the laboratory can be found on its new web page or by calling x3-1685.
A version of this article appeared in the March 3, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 43, Number 21).