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to impose legal obligations or duties upon a person or party to an agreement.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

TO BIND, BINDING, contracts. These words are applied to the contract entered into, between a master and an apprentice the latter is said to be bound.
     2. In order to make a good binding, the consent of the apprentice must be had, together with that of his father, next friend, or some one standing in loco parentis. Bac. Ab. Master and Servant, A; 8 John. 328; 2 Pen. 977; 2 Yerg. 546 1 Ashmead, 123; 10 Sergeant & Rawle, 416 1 Massachusetts, 172; 1 Vermont, 69. Whether a father has, by the common law, a right to bind out his child, during his minority without his consent, seems not to be settled. 2 Dall. 199; 7 Mass. 147; 1 Mason, 78; 1 Ashm. 267. Vide Apprentice; Father; Mother; Parent.
     3. The words to bind or binding, are also used to signify that a thing is subject to an obligation, engagement or liability; as, the judgment binds such an estate. Vide Lien.

TO BIND, OR TO BIND OVER, crim. law. The act by which a magistrate or a court hold to bail a party, accused of a crime or misdemeanor.
     2. A person accused may be bound over to appear at a court having jurisdiction of the offence charged, to answer; or he may be bound over to be of good behaviour, (q. v.) or to keep the peace. See Surety of the Peace.
     3. On refusing to enter into the requisite recognizance, the accused may be committed to prison.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Figures 1 and 2 show electrophoretic mobility patterns of R-PE conjugated whole Sh[alpha]M Ig and F(ab')2 fragment of Sh[alpha]M Ig by SMCC linker in SDS-PAGE, respectively.
LINKER COMES OUT ON this framing of the question I cannot say.
But Linker points out an important difference between his subjects and neoconservatives like Irving Kristol and Norman Podhoretz: "In the late 1960s, the men who went on to become the first neocons were moderate liberals who opposed the revolutionary ambitions of the counterculture.
This is really a book about Neuhaus, and Linker makes little effort to widen the lens beyond the pages, Manhattan office, posh watering holes, and esoteric controversies of the First Things crowd.
All of this, of course, is horrendous twaddle, and I do not know whether Linker actually believes any of it.
Beads labeled with fluorescein having different linker lengths were obtained from Flow Cytometry Standards Corporation (1) (San Juan, PR).
Linker comes to New York-based Newspapers First from Orb Inc., an Internet communications marketing company where he was senior vice president for corporate development.
"It is very important to utilize serum-stable linker systems when delivering potent, cytotoxic drugs to tumor cells via monoclonal antibodies.
The LADR platform integrates the company's proprietary linker chemistry with albumin biology to create anti-cancer molecules.
LINKER Jr., currently senior vice president, advertising at the New York Times and chairman of the National Council of the Newspaper Association of America, will become the senior vice president and group advertising director at the New York Times Co.