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Ant Guts Could Pave the Way for Better Drugs
March 25, 2008
Scientists have discovered two key proteins that guide one of the two groups of pathogenic bacteria to make their hardy outer shells--their defense against the world. The work could allow researchers to create new antibiotics, they said.
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