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The giant lizards have numerous microbicidal compounds in their blood.

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Commensal Defense

By | January 8, 2015

Beneficial gut bacteria have evolved resistance to antimicrobial peptides that hosts release to fight pathogens.

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Scorpion Venom Kills MRSA

By | July 12, 2012

Peptides extracted from scorpion venom fights off drug-resistant bacterial infections in mice.

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Reading Tea Leaves

By | February 1, 2012

Cyclic peptides, discovered in an African tea used to speed labor and delivery, may hold potential as drug-stabilizing scaffolds, antibiotics, and anticancer drugs.

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Antimicrobial Cross-Resistance Risk

By | January 24, 2012

Bacteria that evolve resistance to antimicrobial therapies may be able to evade natural immune peptides.

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