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Antistreptolysin O titer was less than 200 todd units, and teichoic acid antibody was negative.
Scientists at Merck Research Laboratories searched for molecules that interfered with the genes responsible for that building block, called wall teichoic acid.
According to Beveridge (1989) bacteria make excellent biosorbents because of their high surface-to-volume ratios and a high content of potentially active chemosorption sites such as on teichoic acid in their cell walls [4].
Fascinated by the physical properties of these bacteria -- their hearty cell walls made mostly from the two polymers peptidoglycan and teichoic acid -- the biologist wondered: Why not try to make something from this material?