Dr. Hammock's broad interests particularly encompass research on hydrolytic enzymes, which are key defenses of the human body against a variety of toxic and mutagenic compounds. In the last year his laboratory has cloned the first soluble epoxide hydrolases from several species including man. The clones have allowed the production of large amounts of enzyme for study and resulted in the discovery that the esterases and epoxide hydrolases (previously thought be entirely independent enzyme classes) are closely related. Dr. Hammock's laboratory also develops immunoassays for agricultural chemicals in support of other workers in the Center, and expands the technology in terms of hapten design, production of antibodies by classical and recombinant means, integration of the technology with other analyticals tools, and improved detector systems.
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