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Breaching the Membrane

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Science  03 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5569, pp. 838-839
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5569.838

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Summary

A better understanding of the structure and function of the cell membrane and its components is providing drug developers with new avenues for breaching the cell's outer defenses to deliver drugs or DNA. Already, one drug designed to take advantage of a specific transport mechanism has reached the market, and several biotechnology start-ups are developing drug-delivery technologies based on the new understanding of cross-membrane transport.