Derek Lowe blogs at In the Pipeline about the potential future of drug discovery — once research moves beyond its limited, and limiting, work targeting drugs that only bind proteins. He reminds us of the universe of possibilities: proteins interacting with other proteins, DNA, RNA, carbohydrates, and lipids, which are some of the many targets that have yet to be fully explored for therapeutic value.

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