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Wasps used antibiotics long before Fleming

By T.K. Randall
March 1, 2010 · Comment icon 1 comment

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Wasps were using sophisticated antibiotics millions of years before the invention of penicillin new research has found.
Philanthus wasps used special antiobotics to coat their cocoons in an effort to fight off harmful microbes demonstrating that they not only evolved the ability to produce it but knew exactly how to use it for maximum effect.
A humble wasp learned how to use sophisticated antibiotics millions of years before the invention of penicillin, research has shown. Digger wasps of the family Philanthus, also known as "beewolves", harness beneficial bacteria to manufacture a cocktail of drugs that protect its larvae from infection.

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