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Blocking Viruses with Synthetic Receptors

This Catalyst article explains how chemists build molecular 'traps' to mimic the surface of a cell. To scientists, sugar is much more than a food; sugar molecules can also form polymers which act as ‘molecular bar codes’ to help cells recognise each other. The article describes how chemists made a synthetic receptor using chemical reactions to build up the structure piece by piece.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2009, Volume 20, Issue 2.

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