From: Doug Jones
> Interesting- but it may be more useful if the protein binding shape
> could be milled directly into the metal or plastic surface without
> need of a sugar coating (giggle factor, anyone?)
I think that milling the 3D shape into the surface only provides one of the necessary ingredients for the _reaction_ to take place. We now have structural keys and locks, but nothing compelling the keys to try the locks. Ergo, the sugar.
Ct(rummaging thru her ol' biochem books that are way too olde for this discussion)