The invention provides chimeric cannulae polypeptides and methods for making and using them. In one aspect, the invention provides compositions and methods for the identification, separation or synthesis of proteins or ligands. In one aspect, the invention provides compositions and methods for making and using nanotubules. In one aspect, the invention provides compositions and methods for the selection and purification of chiral compositions from racemic mixtures. The invention provides compositions comprising polymers prepared by self-assembly of a plurality of monomeric polypeptide units, including nanorobots, biochips, drug delivery systems. In one aspect, the polymer can form a nanotube, and the polymer (nanotubule) can encapsulate a drug molecule--a drug delivery systems of the invention. A drug delivery system of the invention may be delivered to a particular location of human body to effectively cure a disease or treat a symptom. In one aspect, a targeting vector can be attached to a monomeric polypeptide unit or a polymer to facilitate the targeting of the drug delivery system of the invention.
Barton, Nelson R., Eileen O'Donoghue, Gerhard Frey, Jay M. Short, Michael W. Lafferty, Kevin Chow