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Aquaporin Water Channels:
How does water pass through cell membranes? The answer remained as one of the classical unsolved problems of biochemistry for more than 100 years.
Through contemporary science, Dr. Peter Agre isolated the protein needed for cellular water transport and in doing so discovered the elusive water channel.
Dr. Agre’s discovery opened the door to a new series of biochemical, physiological, and genetic studies of water channels. It is now possible for researchers to follow a water molecule on its way through the cell membrane.
In medicine, there are a number of illnesses attributed to poor functioning of the water channels of the human body. A new approach can be used to develop more effective treatments and pharmaceuticals that tackle the problem on a molecular level.
Born in Northfield, Minnesota, Peter Agre received his B.S. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota and his M.D. in 1974 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.