Wasps help us with anti-biotic studies.

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    Bacteria in Wasp Antennae Produce Antibiotic Cocktails

    ScienceDaily (Apr. 11, 2011) — Bacteria that grow in the antennae of wasps help ward off fungal threats by secreting a 'cocktail' of antibiotics explains a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate.


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    Dr Martin Kaltenpoth describes how this is the first known example of non-human animals using a combination prophylaxis strategy similar to the one used in human medicine. This discovery could help us find novel antimicrobials for human use and lead to more effective strategies for using them....
     
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