Issue Date: June 22, 2009
Heavy-Hydrogen Drugs Turn Heads, Again
In the drug industry, as in fashion, occasionally what’s old becomes new again: The latest retro rage in the pharmaceutical world is deuterium substitution, a drug-design strategy that has faded in and out of vogue over the years. Now, firms large and small are banking on its potential to improve existing drugs.
The strategy aims to take advantage of the edge deuterium has on hydrogen in terms of atomic mass. Carrying a neutron that hydrogen . . .
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