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  • Team discovers how microbes build a powerful antibiotic

    From left, University of Illinois graduate research assistant Manuel A. Ortega, chemistry professor Wilfred van der Donk, graduate student Yue Hao, biochemistry professor Satish Nair, and postdoctoral researcher Mark Walker solved a decades-old mystery into how a broad class of natural antibiotics are made.

    From left, University of Illinois graduate research assistant Manuel A. Ortega, chemistry professor Wilfred van der Donk, graduate student Yue Hao, biochemistry professor Satish Nair, and postdoctoral researcher Mark Walker solved a decades-old mystery into how a broad class of natural antibiotics are made.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • To reach Satish Nair, call 217-333-0641; email snair@illinois.edu.
    To reach Wilfred van der Donk, call 217-244-5360; email vddonk@illinois.edu.
    The paper, “Structure and mechanism of the tRNA-dependent lantibiotic dehydratase NisB,” is available online or to members of the media from the U. of I. News Bureau.