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June 17, 2010 / Martijn

Plastic Antibodies Fight Toxins

For the first time, researchers have shown that a nonbiological molecule called a plastic antibody can work just like a natural antibody. In animal tests, the plastic particles bind to and neutralize a toxin found in bee stings; the toxin and antibody are then cleared to the liver, the same path taken by natural antibodies. Researchers are now developing plastic antibodies for a wider range of disease targets in hopes of broadening the availability of antibody therapies, which are currently very expensive.

via Technology Review: Plastic Antibodies Fight Toxins.

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