Proteins Promise Big Payoffs

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If industrial history is any indication, deciphered protein structures will lead to many a business opportunity.

Structural Bioinformatics CEO Edward Maggio puts the moneymaking potential of protein structures into context. “Every commercial revolution in sciences has been preceded by the availability of structures,” he says. He runs down the list: chemical structures gave way to the dye and drug industries, atom structures led to nuclear energy, and polymers put forth plastics.

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