Thursday, January 28, 2016

Chemists uncover how key agent allows diseases to reproduce

Chemists have revealed the chemistry behind how certain diseases, from anthrax to tuberculosis, replicate. The key lies in the function of a gene absent in humans, called thyX, and its ability to catalyze the DNA building block thymine. The finding could help drug companies target the chemical reaction, rather than testing millions of compounds, to stop these diseases.

from Geochemistry News -- ScienceDaily

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