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Not as fab as we thought

Ever since penicillin was isolated from mould, it has been assumed that naturally occurring antibiotics are good starting points for drug-discovery programmes. The latest study shows that this isn't always true.

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Figure 1: Sure of the cure?

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Zlitni, S., Brown, E. Not as fab as we thought. Nature 458, 39–40 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/458039a

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