Promiscuity appeals to chemical engineers, under certain circumstances. One set of those circumstances is described in the paper: “Engineering Sialidase Specificity: Taking Advantage of the Promiscuous One,” J.N. Watson, A.J. Bennet, presented at the 23rd International Carboyhdrate Symposium, held in Whistler, BC, Canada, July 23-28, 2006. The authors are at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada.
One of the highlights of the American Chemical Society’s meeting in Denver is this presentation by Milton R. Smith III [pictured here, at right] of Michigan State University; “Taking advantage of promiscuous reactions.” The photo below shows part of the sign board outside the ballroom in which this research was revealed to an eager public: