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Synthetic Peptoids Hold Forth Promise for New Antibiotics

March 5, 2008

engineering graphic Drug-resistant bacterial infections are a growing concern, and much research has been devoted to finding new classes of antibiotics to fight them. Stanford University researchers may have found some answers in peptoids, a class of manmade molecules very similar to natural proteins, that play an important role in the human immune system. Full Story

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