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Space station to aid Bedford firm’s drug research

Hampered by gravity, company turns to the International Space Station

A Bedford biotech company is going a long way in the search for lifesaving drugs: 240 miles straight up.

Emerald BioSystems Inc. is part of team of researchers using the low-gravity atmosphere of the International Space Station to develop­ a more complete understanding of the intricate structure of proteins, which in turn would give drug makers more insight into treating diseases.

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