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Scientists Decipher Mechanism Behind Antimicrobial 'Hole Punchers'

September 20, 2007

Gerard Wong In the battle against bacteria, researchers have scored a direct hit. They have deciphered the molecular mechanism behind selective antimicrobial activity for a prototypical class of synthetic compounds. Full Story

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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