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Biomolecular structures allow us to understand the molecular nature of healthy cells and treat the underlying molecular causes of disease. Our cells contain thousands of molecules that must all work in concert to keep us healthy. When any of these molecules fails, or when a poison or pathogenic organism attacks these molecules, it may cause disease. Our bodies have many defenses against disease, and medical science has developed powerful drugs to assist these defenses.

Many diseases are caused by malfunctions of cellular molecules. These malfunctions may be caused by environmental dangers, like pathogens or radiation, or may be the result of genetic errors. Our cells contain many defenses to fight these malfunctions, ranging from the detoxification of poisons to the forced suicide of compromised cells.

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