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I know this is not a "Correct Use of English Forum" but I'm afraid that people from outside the field won't be able to properly answer my question.

Would it be correct to say "screening for a long peptide capable of killing Gram-positive bacteria"? Or you just have to turn the word "screening" into a noun like: "preparing a screening for a long peptide capable of killing Gram-positive bacteria"?

The last one doesn't seem right to me at all, but I'm not sure since I'm not a native speaker :(

Thank you for your time!

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  • $\begingroup$ There's nothing evidently wrong with your first option. Your second option could read "preparing a screen for…" $\endgroup$ – canadianer Sep 10 '17 at 13:25
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"Screening" can be a verb here ("we screen for the long peptide") so your first sentence would be correct.

Even in this biological context this might still be a question better fit for the English/Learning English forums though.

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