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Immune Cells Speed the Evolution of Novel Proteins

Science  26 Nov 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5701, pp. 1457
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5701.1457

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A team of California researchers has coaxed immune cells to apply their skill at generating the myriad antibody proteins that fight off infections to other proteins, an ability that could speed the development of novel proteins for studies from catalysis to cell biology.