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Chemists design molecules for controlling bacterial behavior
Date:5/13/2014

it broad commercial value. It also has the potential to inhibit horizontal gene transferthe process by which bacteria share genetic information, such as the ability to be drug-resistant.

In the near future, Luk's team plans to unveil another class of molecules they have designed that not only mimics but also dominates the activities of rhamnolipids.

"Rhamnolipids are already on the market, but our product, with its synthetic flexibility, has just as many applications and may be improved rationally by synthetic design," says Luk, who also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. "All of this is subject to ongoing research."


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Syracuse University
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