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Engineered Molecules for Smarter Medicines

Specially designed polymers can dodge the body’s immune defenses to deliver vital medicine where it is needed most.

Darlene K. Taylor, Uddhav Balami

The human body has many ways to defend itself against foreign substances that may be harmful. Unfortunately, the same defenses sometimes interfere with the work of a therapeutic drug. Molecular engineering gives scientists the means to design substances that can safely transport a drug dosage through the physiological obstacle course and then respond to a trigger such as heat or light, delivering the drug only where it is needed.


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