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Antibiotics right under our nose


Bacteria that are normally resident in the body have many roles in supporting health. Researchers have now identified a bacterial resident of the nose that produces an antibiotic that is active against a pathogen. See Article p.511

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Lewis, K., Strandwitz, P. Antibiotics right under our nose. Nature 535, 501–502 (2016).

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