Small fragments of keratin protein in the eye play a key role in warding off pathogens, and scientists say synthetic versions could lead to new, inexpensive antimicrobial drugs.
“What’s really exciting is that the keratins in our study are already in the body, so we know that they are not toxic, and that they are biocompatible,” says principal investigator Suzanne Fleiszig, a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry.
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