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The Cure in the Code by Peter Huber

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INTELLIGENT DESIGN

IF YOU DOUBT that life sometimes owes its existence to intelligent design, chat with a woman who has survived invasive breast cancer, and with the biochemists who created Herceptin. The drug—a monoclonal antibody (mAb) designed by human genetic code embedded inside the cells of a mouse—targets a protein on the surface of breast cancer cells that conveys signals that propel the cancer’s runaway self-replication.

In 1984, three scientists shared a Nobel Prize for developing the science that launched this radically new form of medicine. It is one of two revolutionary medical technologies developed in our generation that have limitless power to emulate and surpass life itself. Both mimic the human immune system—one inside live ...

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