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US Patent No.: US 7,156,917 B2
Date of Patent: Jan. 2, 2007
Filed: Apr. 28, 2004
Assignees: Hideaki Moriyama, Lincoln, NE (US); IHI Aerospace Co., Ltd., Tokyo (JP)


An apparatus for growing a biological macromolecular crystal by vaporizing biological macromolecular solution into an oversaturated state. The apparatus includes a first sealed room that receives first crystallizing agent solution, and a communicating tube that communicates with the first sealed room and has a small sectional area for suppressing convection of air. A plurality of droplets of solution dissolving a biological macromolecule and a crystallizing agent therein are held in the communicating tube with the plurality of droplets being separated from each other.

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