Homme Hellinga set out a decade ago to exploit computational approaches to control the lock-and key fit between ligand and receptor known as molecular recognition. This relationship is the “central hallmark of all biological events at the molecular level,” according to Hellinga, an associate professor of biochemistry at Duke University. “At some stage, some molecule has to recognize another molecule to do something,” he said. Taking a computational approach, he reasoned, would lead to understanding of these biological mechanisms at the most fundamental level.

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