Most people think of “strep throat” as a relatively benign infection cured by a round of antibiotics and a few days of rest. But the bacterium that causes strep throat—Group A Streptococcus—is also responsible for a number of much more dangerous disorders, including rheumatic heart disease and toxic shock syndrome.

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More information: Discovery of glycerol phosphate modification on streptococcal rhamnose polysaccharides, Nature Chemical Biology (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41589-019-0251-4 , https://www.nature.com/articles/s41589-019-0251-4

Journal information: Nature Chemical Biology