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magic bullet

n. Slang
Something regarded as a magical solution or cure: "There is no magic bullet against cancer" (Matt Clark).
Paul Ehrlich’s term for an ideal therapeutic agent, which would target a highly specific site and treat only that site; in modern immunology, MB refers to any agent with the specificity of an antibody and lethal potential of a toxin

magic bullet

Immunology Paul Ehrlich's term for an ideal therapeutic, which would target a highly specific site and treat ONLY that site; in modern immunology, MB refers to any agent with the specificity of an antibody and lethal potential of a toxin. See Orthozyme CD5plus.
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For years, filmmakers hoped that the basic Magic Bullet Film Look would be made available cheaply, without the other trimmings.
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"`While education in the arts is no magic bullet for what ails many schools, the arts warrant a place in the curriculum because of their intimate ties to most everything we want for our children and schools," UCLA education professor James Catterall told USA Today.
"A magic bullet does not exist" for reducing [musculoskeletal disorders], but scientifically based prevention efforts can be effective in the workplace and can substantially reduce the risk of job-related musculoskeletal disorders," said Jeremiah A.
There is no magic bullet, though, since the work must be done on a case- by-case basis.
"Parents who ate looking for a magic bullet may be frustrated,' says researcher Bonnie Kaplan of the University of Calgary, who conducted one of the best studies.[3] Changes in diet don't produce as dramatic or consistent results as ADHD drugs.
The team also recognized that there was no magic bullet for placing critical data in the minds of managers, requiring that they re-engineer how improved decision support communicates the company's strategic vision.
However, the search for the so-called Magic Bullet (BBC2), the smart bomb of drugs, has rarely come quite as close as it has with antisense.
For almost two decades, standards have been the great hope of education reformers, the technocratic magic bullet. If we could just establish high enough expectations and test everyone to make sure students are learning, they said, we could significantly improve education.
You have to look at multiple ways to prevent infections rather than looking for the magic bullet."
Now that Republicans have both houses of Congress for the first time since 1946, Clinton aides are scanning David McCullough's best-selling Truman biography in search of the magic bullet that will hand Bill Clinton a Trumanesque comeback in 1996.
Based loosely on the German folk tale that inspired Carl Maria von Weber's 1821 opera Der Freischutz (The free-shooter)--the story of a simple clerk, Wilhelm, who must learn how to shoot (he doesn't want to) in order to marry his sweetheart Katchen and who makes a pact with the Devil toward that end--it is given a sardonic twist by Burroughs who compares the magic bullet in the original German fable to heroin.