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Bacterial armor could be a new target for antibiotics
July 18, 2018
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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Boosting efforts to fight antibiotic resistance, Stanford University researchers have found that a thin membrane, thought to be just a shrink-wrap around some bacterial cell walls, has structural properties critical for survival. Drugs that destroy the membrane could be a new approach to treating infection. Credit: Kevin Craft/MIT Full Story
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