A new generation of drugs from artificial evolution

Schmidt, Karen F.
December 1992
U.S. News & World Report;12/28/92-1/4/93, Vol. 113 Issue 25, p77
Discusses how scientists are harnessing Darwinian forces to let molecules `evolve' into useful drugs that perform highly specialized tasks, such as binding to blood proteins that cause inflammation. This fresh approach to drug design, called directed molecular evolution, promises to usher in a new era of biotechnology. Researchers' predictions concerning directed evolution; How to mimic the evolutionary process in the lab; More.


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