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Synthesizing Antimicrobial Peptides to Battle Bacteria & Cancer
Added Jun 19, 2013 | Rate View top rated
Tubes, catheters, and other artificial points of access into patients’ bodies allow the direct delivery of drugs and nutrients, help with breathing, and more. Yet these conduits also pose a risk. If bacteria can get into them, they have a shortcut past the patient’s defenses. Erdogan Gulari, professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, believes that these devices could be made to fight off the bacteria with a coating of antimicrobial molecules. Gulari’s team is working to synthesize and find antimicrobial peptides that will battle selective targets such as cancer.
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