By Adam Bonislawski

Scientists at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have developed a new form of affinity reagent that could offer an easy-to-produce alternative to traditional antibodies.

Dubbed DNA synbodies, the agents consist of pairs of peptides linked by a DNA backbone. In an early study they showed equivalent or better sensitivity and specificity compared to commercial antibodies, said John Chaput, an associate professor at ASU and one of the inventors of the technology.

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