This Week in PNAS

In a study set to appear online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Rockefeller University researchers Fang-Yuan Chang and Sean Brady describe a homology-guided approach for finding new natural products using metagenomic sequence data. The pair demonstrated the feasibility of this method using bulk bacterial DNA from a desert soil sample collected in California, looking in particular for sequences encoding indolotryptoline-based compounds with anti-proliferative activity.

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