Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rescuing modern medicine with leafcutter ants

A South American leaf cutter ant is seen in this undated handout photograph released in London August 8, 2014. Pampering leafcutter ants with fragrant rose petals and fresh oranges may seem an unlikely way to rescue modern medicine, but scientists at a lab in eastern England think it's well worth trying. As the world cries out for new antibiotics, researchers at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich are also taking a bet on bacteria extracted from the stomachs of giant stick insects and cinnabar caterpillars with a taste for highly toxic plants. To match Insight HEALTH-ANTIBIOTICS/SEARCH REUTERS/Andrew Davis/John Innes Centre/ Handout via Reuters

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