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First a synthetic genome, and now plastic antibodies: Scientific American's Observations blog reports that researchers from Japan, Stanford University, and University of California, Irvine, have develop plastic antibodies that work like real antibodies, latching onto antigens. The nanoparticles are "barely 1/50,000th the width of a human hair," the blog's Katie Moisse says.

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