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Pico-world of molecular bioscavengers, mops and sponges being designed

September 4, 2013

scientific team examines molecule in the lab A new world of molecular bioscavengers, sponges and mops is now closer. A computer-design method has enabled scientists to build proteins that can recognize and interact with small molecules. The proteins can also be reprogrammed to detect and unite with related substances, such as different forms of steroids. The method might also become a way to give organisms new tools to perform biological tasks. Full Story

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