Protein M Study (image) Scripps Research Institute Caption A team led by scientists at the Scripps Research Institute has discovered an unusual bacterial protein that -- to the scientists' surprise -- attaches to virtually any antibody, possibly helping bacteria establish long-term infections. Compared to thousands of known structures, this protein appears to be unique. Credit Photo courtesy of The Scripps Research Institute. Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.