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ScienceDaily: Most Popular News

ScienceDaily: Most Popular News

Penicillin tactics revealed by scientists

Posted: 05 Dec 2014 08:40 AM PST

One of the oldest and most widely used antibiotics, penicillin, attacks enzymes that build the bacterial cell wall. Researchers have now shown that penicillin and its variants also set in motion a toxic malfunctioning of the cell's wall-building machinery, dooming the cell to a futile cycle of building and then immediately destroying that wall.

Alcohol abuse linked to newly identified gene network

Posted: 02 Dec 2014 05:24 AM PST

A network of genes that appear to work together in determining alcohol dependence has been discovered by researchers. The findings, which could lead to future treatments and therapies for alcoholics and possibly help doctors screen for alcoholism, resulted from comparing brain tissue of alcoholics and non-alcoholics.

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