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bandshell
11-06-2010, 11:49 AM
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Dr Awesome
11-06-2010, 01:45 PM
How long before they start working on injectable plastic midichlorians?

nomadthethird
12-06-2010, 12:27 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19031-worlds-first-plastic-antibody-works-in-mice.html


"Antibodies made entirely from plastic have saved the lives of mice injected with bee venom the first time such a strategy has worked in live animals.

Researchers developing the antibodies say it is the first step towards customised antibodies for a host of other medical applications, from treating people who have been poisoned to combating infection.

Natural antibodies are made by the body's immune system to lock onto a specific "antigen". Likewise, the plastic antibodies contain cavities moulded in exactly the right shape to capture target molecules, in this case, melittin the active agent in bee venom."

The Singularity draweth nigh.