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Scientists repurpose wasp venom as an antibiotic

Scientists repurpose wasp venom as an antibiotic

After performing a study of the antimicrobial properties of a toxin normally found in a South American wasp, researchers at MIT have now created variants of the peptide that are bactericidal. This is an important discovery in the fight against the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Wasp venom peptides are now being studied for their potential in the pharmaceutical industry.

Like many other antimicrobials, this venom-derived peptide is thought to kill microbes by disrupting bacterial cell membranes. The venom’s peptide has an alpha helical structure, which is known to interact strongly with cell membranes.

Scientists create a pill that can deliver insulin

Scientists create a pill that can deliver insulin

Researchers find new ways to image nerve cells

Researchers find new ways to image nerve cells