After the Scripps Research Institute in Florida had new facilities installed to accommodate a massive microbial biobank it inherited from Pfizer, chemist Ben Shen eagerly welcomed the resource. It contains more than 210,000 frozen or freeze-dried microbial strains that Shen and his colleagues are now mining for natural products.
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