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    Synthetic Proteins Promise a Future Without Allergies or Flu

    Sometimes you don’t want to let nature take its course. Lab-designed enzyme KumaMax, which digests gluten, could change the lives of celiac disease sufferers by letting them consume wheat without side effects. It’s also acting as a bioengineering standard-bearer for what promises to be a whole new class of protein-based medicines built from scratch. Unlike their naturally occurring cousins, synthetic proteins can be engineered to directly target illnesses without many of the side effects — or so scientists hope, in advance of clinical trials.

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