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Clever chemistry improves a new class of antibiotics
January 17, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.A new class of molecules called acyldepsipeptides--ADEPs--may provide a new way to attack bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics. Researchers at Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a way to increase the potency of ADEPs by up to 1,200 times. Their findings appear in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.Full Story
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