oa CSIR Science Scope - Aptamers : a new approach to therapeutics and diagnostics

Volume 2, Issue 1
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A new, powerful tool to study, treat and diagnose diseases in the 21st century has emerged in recent years, called aptamer technology. From the Greek word ''to fit'', aptamers are artificial nucleic acid molecules (RNA or DNA) that are engineered in a test tube for specific binding to varioustargets such as small molecules, cancer cells, viral and bacterial proteins and whole micro-organisms such as protozoan parasites that cause diseases such as African sleeping sickness or malaria.

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