Scientists inside and outside the industry debate the commercial possibility of using antibodies as enzymes
Benkovic, a physical organic chemist at Pennsylvania State University, is not alone in his reverie. More and more scientists and their corporate cohorts are envisioning a world of pharmaceuticals, diagnostic kits, and agricultural chemicals that home in on a biological target - whether an enemy virus or the molecular bond of a useful, but frustratingly complex, protein - with an accuracy not possible with current technology.
At least three companies are in hot pursuit of catalytic antibodies, the technology expected to make such products possible. They tout the advantages - billions of antibodies to choose from; each homes in on...
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