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Stick insect leads antibiotic hunt

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A microbe in the gut of a stick insect could help scientists to unravel the puzzle of antibiotic resistance.

The Giant Lime Green stick insect, which feeds mainly on eucalyptus leaves, is being studied at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich.

In the laboratory it has shown resistance to toxins and infections it could never have encountered before.

This indicates a general mechanism at work and understanding this could lead to new drugs, JIC scientists believe.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...orfolk-23903861

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An interesting story. I've always thought that eucalyptus trees/leaves were special.

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God, I love ants.

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