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The hidden diversity of ribosomal peptide natural products

Eric W Schmidt

Author Affiliations

Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Department of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA

BMC Biology 2010, 8:83  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-83

Published: 17 June 2010

Abstract

A recent report in BMC Biology on the discovery and analysis of biosynthetic genes for ribosomal peptide natural products confirms that these pathways are much more common and diverse than previously suspected, contributing substantially to the chemical arsenal employed by bacteria.

See research article http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7007/8/70 webcite