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Skin Cells Can Transform To Help Fight Acne
A new study reveals that the fibroblasts in tissue surrounding acne infections play an active role in the body’s immune response—and that existing treatments help trigger them to do so.
Skin Cells Can Transform To Help Fight Acne
Skin Cells Can Transform To Help Fight Acne

A new study reveals that the fibroblasts in tissue surrounding acne infections play an active role in the body’s immune response—and that existing treatments help trigger them to do so.

A new study reveals that the fibroblasts in tissue surrounding acne infections play an active role in the body’s immune response—and that existing treatments help trigger them to do so.

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The antimicrobial compounds ants excrete to defend themselves from pathogens may protect plants as well.
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The giant lizards have numerous microbicidal compounds in their blood.
Commensal Defense
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Beneficial gut bacteria have evolved resistance to antimicrobial peptides that hosts release to fight pathogens.
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Peptides extracted from scorpion venom fights off drug-resistant bacterial infections in mice.
Reading Tea Leaves
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Antimicrobial Cross-Resistance Risk
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Bacteria that evolve resistance to antimicrobial therapies may be able to evade natural immune peptides.
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