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Researchers improve wasp venom protein to kill bacteria

New antimicrobial molecules have been created from wasp venom's peptide toxin that could be used in developing drugs for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to results published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The alterations made to the toxic protein from the Vespula lewisii, an Asian wasp species, improved the molecule's capability to eradicate bacterial cells.

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