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Date:12/16/2008

idates the "hole punching" mechanism.

"The antimicrobial re-organizes PE lipids into holes in the membrane," said Wong, who also is a researcher at the university's Beckman Institute. "The perforated membranes leak, and the bacteria die."

Finding new ways to treat emerging pathogens that are more and more resistant to the best antibiotics will be increasingly important in the future, Wong said. "Now that we more fully understand how our molecular 'hole punchers' work, we can look for similar ways to make antimicrobials that bacteria cannot evolve immunity to."


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