Gallery: Flesh-Eating Bacterium Used as “Superglue” that Detects Cancer...

 

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It sounds like science fiction, but Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes) causes necrotizing fasciitis – a rare flesh-eating syndrome that is very difficult to treat, and scientists have split one of its proteins to create a powerful molecular “superglue.” A research team from the University of Oxford split the FbaB protein into two parts – one large and one small, which, when they bind together, form one of the strongest chemical bonds possible. Reporting their findings at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, Mark Howarth, Ph.D and his team note that this new superglue has far-reaching disease detection applications.

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