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New tool RODEO captures breadth of microbial biosynthetic potential

In an age of booming biotechnology, it might be easy to forget how much we still rely on the bounty of the natural world. Some microbes make us sick, some keep us healthy, while others continue to give us some of our best cures in the form of naturally occurring products such as penicillin and tetracycline.

Researchers Look to HIV Drug To Potentially Fight Bacterial Infections

With antibiotic resistance on the rise, scientists are looking for innovative ways to combat bacterial infections. The pathogen that causes conditions from strep throat to flesh-eating disease is among them, but scientists have now found a tool that could help them fight it: a drug approved to treat HIV. Their work, appearing in the journal ACS Chemical Biology, could someday lead to new treatments.

Innovative Technique Transforms Hunt for Antibiotics and Cancer Therapies

Innovative Technique May Transform the Hunt for New Antibiotics and Cancer Therapies

Antibiotic resistance is depleting our arsenal against deadly diseases and infections, such as tuberculosis and Staph infections, but recent research shows promise to speed up the drug discovery process.

In a study reported in ACS Chemical Biology, University of Illinois researchers developed a new technique to quickly uncover novel, medically relevant products produced by bacteria.

Student Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award

Graduate student Brandon Burkhart, chemical biology, who is a member of Professor Doug Mitchell's lab was recently awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. This prestigious honor is awarded to outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines that are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

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