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Video feature: Creating unnatural amino acids

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Envision a world in which cancer drugs can be administered cell by cell rather than by the current shotgun approach with all of its undesirable toxicities. As scientists work on modifying amino acids in order to engineer designer proteins, students in Associate Professor of Chemistry Doug Young’s laboratory at William & Mary are providing raw research to make it happen.

In his lab, students synthesize unnatural amino acids in order to get cells to put them into their proteins.

"The goal is to pair the unnatural acids with antibodies and cancer drugs that infiltrate only the targeted cells," Young said.

Find out more about Young and his lab as they contribute to this emerging field of immunotherapy in this recent W&M News story.