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Antibodies, often described as magic bullets, are actually more like tanks: big, complicated and expensive. Tinier "nanobodies," derived from camels and llamas, may be able to infiltrate a wider range of diseases at lower cost...

July 25, 2005 — W. Wayt Gibbs

The Orphan Drug Backlash

The Orphan Drug Act of 1983 was supposed to provide incentives for private industry to develop needed, but unprofitable, drugs to treat rare diseases. It has done so, but not without eliciting controversy...

April 14, 2003 — Thomas Maeder

Shrinking to Enormity

DNA microarrays are reshaping basic biology--but scientists fear they may soon drown in the data

February 18, 2001 — W. Wayt Gibbs

Bioagent Chip

A sensor to detect a biological warfare attack in seconds

March 21, 2000 — David Pescovitz

A Very Personal Problem

Now personalized genetic medicine offers tests to avoid dangerous drug reactions—yet doctors are reluctant to use them

— Dina Fine Maron
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