New light on blocking Shiga and ricin toxins — And on an iconic biological process

Researchers, setting their sights on Shiga toxin (player in the current E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce) and ricin (a bioterrorism agent), have now identified potential protective strategies. Their study also sheds new light on glycosylation, the attachment of sugars to large molecules, key to cells’ ability to create more diverse molecules beyond what’s encoded in the genome.

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