Scientists trick bacteria into embedding small molecules in cell wall

Friday, October 8, 2010 - 14:30 in Biology & Nature

Scientists have engineered the cell wall of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, tricking it into incorporating foreign small molecules and embedding them within the cell wall. The discovery represents the first time scientists have engineered the cell wall of a "Gram-positive" bacteria, and could pave the way for new methods of combating the bacteria responsible for many of the most infectious diseases.

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