Scientists study roadkill in search of useful molecules

Researchers have identified nearly 4,000 different bacteria from swabs taken from dead armadillos, deer, opossums, raccoons, skunks and squirrels on a 30-mile stretch of road in Oklahoma. The scientists hope molecules produced by the microbes will yield potential drug candidates, and they have already identified two isolates from an opossum’s ear that impede biofilm development by fungal cells associated with yeast infections.Chemistry World magazine online (tiered subscription model) (1/4)

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