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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discovery speeds the development of antibiotics

The discovery of manipulation of a single gene can result in large amounts of platensimycin and platencin— two natural antibiotics.

As noted in a campus news, the research led by Ben Shen, professor in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division, and colleagues Michael J. Smanski, Ryan M. Peterson and Scott R. Rajski provides a blueprint for the manufacture of large amounts of antibiotic, a key step in the commercial development of any drug.