New enzyme-like tool lets chemists modify hard-to-reach spots on drug molecules

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 14:31 in Physics & Chemistry

Chemists have devised a versatile molecule-building tool for creating new drugs and other chemical products. The invention brings chemistry a step closer to an ambitious goal: being able to use techniques of laboratory organic synthesis to make the highly selective transformations of molecules that enzymes catalyze in living cells -- but without enzymes' limitations.

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