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Shifting evolution into reverse promises cheaper, greener way to make new drugs

March 24, 2014

pathway determined by bioretrosynthesis A proof-of-concept experiment has shown that by shifting evolution into reverse, it may be possible to use "green chemistry" to make a number of costly synthetic drugs as easily and cheaply as brewing beer. Full Story

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