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  • Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibiotic

    A team of researchers developed a new broad-spectrum antibiotic that kills bacteria by punching holes in their membranes. Front row, from left: materials science and engineering professor Jianjun and postdoctoral researcher Yan Bao. Back row, from left: postdoctoral researcher Menghau Xiong, graduate students Ziyuan Song and Rachael Mansbach, materials science and engineering professor Andrew Ferguson, and biochemistry professor Lin-Feng Cheng.

    A team of researchers developed a new broad-spectrum antibiotic that kills bacteria by punching holes in their membranes. Front row, from left: materials science and engineering professor Jianjun Cheng and postdoctoral researcher Yan Bao. Back row, from left: postdoctoral researcher Menghua Xiong, graduate students Ziyuan Song and Rachael Mansbach, materials science and engineering professor Andrew Ferguson, and biochemistry professor Lin-Feng Chen.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Jianjun Cheng, call 217-244-3924; email jianjunc@illinois.edu. The paper “Helical antimicrobial polypeptides with radial amphiphilicity” is available online.