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Shark immune systems help develop drugs

LSD_thumb[1]The University of Aberdeen has received the financial backing from Scottish Enterprise and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to develop man-made proteins closely related to structures found in sharks.

Structures called variable novel antigen receptors (VNARs) are found in the shark immune system and the team has produced more than 10bn of these molecules; their drug library is now the equivalent to having access to 10,000 sharks without needing to keep a single animal in an aquarium.

Prof Stephen Logan, senior vice-principal for the University of Aberdeen, said: "This is ambitious and exciting research which will help build on Aberdeen’s reputation as Scotland’s commercial capital for drug discovery."

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