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Fish slime could be the basis for new antibiotics

Mucus that coats the skin of fish protects them against bacteria, fungi and viruses, and researchers have identified different strains of bacteria in mucus from juvenile fish that inhibit the growth of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, Candida albicans fungi and a colon cancer cell line. The research, presented at an American Chemical Society conference, could be the basis for novel antimicrobial compounds to treat infections in people and reduce the use of antibiotics in aquaculture.

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