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Nicotine Destroying Drug Candidate Discovered | Science and Enterprise

Biochemists at Scripps Research Institute reported on an enzyme derived from naturally-occurring bacteria that shows in lab tests can remove nicotine in the blood, with potential as a drug to help smokers quit. The Scripps team tested the enzyme NicA2, derived from Pseudomonas putida, as a way to break down and destroy nicotine in the bloodstream before it reaches the brains of people who smoke, thus blocking its addictive mechanism and helping people break the habit.

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