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Production of antibiotics by the human microbiota

Credit: V. Summersby / Springer Nature Limited

Identification of biosynthetic gene clusters for antibiotics in the genomes of the human microbiota, suggests new sources of antimicrobial drugs whose species-specific production has the potential to modulate the local microbial community structure.

Further reading

Zipperer, A. et al. Human commensals producing a novel antibiotic impair pathogen colonization. Nature 535, 511–516 (2016).

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