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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Genome mining reveals novel production pathway for promising malaria treatment

Microbes are well-known among biologists as master engineers of useful small molecules, and there are many tricks of their trade. When researchers at the University of Illinois took a closer look at how a known microbe makes a known so-called natural product, they were rewarded with the discovery of a completely unknown biochemical trick.

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