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  • DNA catalysts do the work of protein enzymes

    U. of I. chemists - professor Scott Silverman, right, and graduate student Jagadeeswaran Chandrasekar - synthesized a DNA catalyst that can perform a difficult reaction usually catalyzed by the protein enzyme phosphatase.

    U. of I. chemists - professor Scott Silverman, right, and graduate student Jagadeeswaran Chandrasekar - synthesized a DNA catalyst that can perform a difficult reaction usually catalyzed by the protein enzyme phosphatase.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor's note: To reach Scott Silverman, call 217-244-4489; email sks@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “Catalytic DNA with phosphatase activity,” will be available on PNAS Early Edition this week.