Posted by mara on Jul 26, 2002 at 11:20
this comment is about the article on the first page from July 25.
it seems that the idea of an artificial antibody may be very effective. it works on a shape based structure. some amino acids in an antibody have very similar shapes, such as glutamate and aspartate, or lysine and arginine. if one of these amino acids can substitute for the other, it may work. otherwise....
since my interest is the actual dna sequence of an antibody, my guess is that it would work in some situations and not in others.
another thing to consider is that antibody reactions in some situations may be more than just a one-step process, so that this artificial antibody may be effective in one step but not in another.
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