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The giant lizards have numerous microbicidal compounds in their blood.

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Nanotechnology Could Conquer Hospital-Acquired Infections

By Edward D. Marks and Steven Smith | May 1, 2016

Metal ions and materials with nanoscale patterns can kill even antibiotic-resistant pathogens. 

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Holding Their Ground

By Amanda B. Keener | February 1, 2016

To protect the global food supply, scientists want to understand—and enhance—plants’ natural resistance to pathogens.

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Plant Immunity

By Amanda B. Keener | February 1, 2016

How plants fight off pathogens

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Fat to the Rescue

By Jenny Rood | January 5, 2015

Adipocytes under the skin help fight infections by producing an antimicrobial agent.

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Shark Skin-Like Surface Fights MRSA

By Jef Akst | September 17, 2014

Surfaces covered in a micropattern mimicking the ridges of shark skin could reduce the spread of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other superbugs in hospitals.

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Ladybird Bioterrorists

By Ruth Williams | May 16, 2013

The Asian harlequin ladybird carries a biological weapon to wipe out competing species.

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Reading Tea Leaves

By Jef Akst | 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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The Age-Old Fight Against Antibiotics

By Cristina Luiggi | August 31, 2011

Researchers find antibiotic resistance genes in 30,000-year-old bacteria, suggesting such resistance is not a modern phenomenon.

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Mining Bacterial Small Molecules

By L. Caetano M. Antunes, Julian E. Davies and B. Brett Finlay | January 1, 2011

As much as rainforests or deep-sea vents, the human gut holds rich stores of microbial chemicals that should be mined for their pharmacological potential.

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