Putting the Ant in Antibiotics

Ants deploy bacteria to ward off invading fungi and microbes—a discovery stirring interest in the quest for new antibiotics.
 
Certain ant species sport bacteria that produce powerful antibiotic and antifungal agents, worn in the form of sugary white patches on their bodies.
 
And in contrast to the painstaking technique of sampling soil for superbug-fighting bacteria—which only results in one in a million promising strains—nests from these ants yielded a promising strain for every 15 samples, said Cameron Currie, a University of Wisconsin–Madison professor involved in the ant research.
The Guardian

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