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Two new weapons in the battle against bacteria

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Proteases are vital proteins that serve for order within cells. They break apart other proteins, ensuring that these are properly synthesized and decomposed. Proteases are also responsible for the pathogenic effects of many kinds of bacteria. Now chemists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have discovered two hitherto unknown mechanisms of action that can be used to permanently disarm an important bacterial protease.

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