Artificial donuts to improve health
Donuts could actually improve your health — if they’re made using just the right recipe. Drs. Barry Stoddard and Phil Bradley are working to create human-designed, donut-shaped proteins that could potentially deliver cancer-fighting drugs to tumors or form the basis of anti-cancer vaccines. The team recently published a study describing their newest protein designs in the journal Nature.
Thanks to support from Innovators Network members like you, the team has launched a pilot project to test the donut proteins’ power to improve human health.
With the jump-start provided by IN, Drs. Stoddard and Bradley have begun working with colleagues across Fred Hutch to explore their donut proteins’ potential:
- With immunotherapy researchers Drs. Stan Riddell and Cameron Turtle, transplant biologist Dr. Beverly Torok-Storb and Fred Hutch Director Emeritus Dr. Larry Corey, the research team plans to test whether these designer molecules can boost immune cells’ cancer-fighting abilities.