Contact: Liz Ahlberg
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Caption: Illinois chemists discovered a molecule very similar to the antibiotic nisin, found naturally in milk and added to food for decades to fight pathogenic bacteria. The new molecule, geobacillin, is more stable than nisin, which could make it more effective.
Credit: L. Brian Stauffer
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