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New Small-Molecule Catalyst Does the Work of Many Enzymes, University of Illinois Study



10/4/2013 6:20:02 AM

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Researchers report that they have created a human-made catalyst that is an "enzyme mimic." Unlike most enzymes, which act on a single target, the new catalyst can alter the chemical profiles of numerous types of small molecules. The catalyst -- and others like it -- will greatly speed the process of drug discovery, the researchers say. Their findings appear in the Journal of the American Chemistry Society.

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