HANK MORGAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY HANK MORGAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
A computer-controlled robot is employed in this molecular screening system, used to examine libraries of biologically-active chemicals for their potential application as drugs. Here, a scientist examines one of the thousands of compounds under investigation: a robot arm holding a sample bottle is visible in background. Named Novascreen, the system was developed by the Nova Pharmaceutical Corporation of the U. S. Initially used for in-house research, its applications were extended to searching the libraries of other drug & chemical companies.
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