Answer to Question #16615 in Microbiology for Sara

Question #16615
How could you interrupt bacterial translation without affecting human cell translation?
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2012-10-18T08:00:38-0400
Many of the antibiotics used in humans and other animals to treat bacterial infections specifically inhibit ribosome activity in the disease-causing bacteria, without affecting ribosome function in the host-animal's cells. These antibiotics work by binding to a protein or RNA target in the bacterial ribosome and inhibiting translation.

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