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Nests of endangered woodrat loaded with good bacteria

Key Largo woodrat nests are covered in feces and urine, but they are free of common pathogens and populated with antibiotic-producing bacteria, and disease prevalence is low among the woodrats themselves, researchers reported in Ecosphere. Both artificial and natural nesting sites were rich in antibiotic Pseudonocardiaceae and Streptomycetaceae, and the researchers are investigating possible sources.

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