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Drug Kills Cells Through Novel Mechanism
December 10, 2009
MIT and Boston University researchers have discovered that the drug hydroxyurea kills bacteria by inducing them to produce molecules toxic to themselves--a conclusion that raises the possibility of finding new antibiotics that use similar mechanisms.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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