Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Therapeutic Shark Attack

PostedAugust 21, 2005

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Shark antibodies, like the creatures, are primitive.  But University of Maryland scientists think their simple structures might be engineered to specifically attack antibiotic-resistant bacteria, toxins, or even cancer.  Maryland's Helen Dooley, an antibody engineer, says sharks' tiny and tough antibodies might be engineered to roam around your body without being rejected, in what you might call a welcome shark attack.  Dooley says these same shark antibodies might also be used on-the-scene at terrorist attacks to determine the presence of bioagents like anthrax.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.