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  • Scientists find new type of antibiotic hiding in the human nose

    Smithsonian Magazine - 07/28/2016

    “It may seem surprising that a member of the human microbiota—the community of bacteria that inhabits the body—produces an antibiotic,” Kim Lewis and Philip Strandwitz, microbial biologists at Northeastern University who were not involved with the study, tell the BBC. “However, the microbiota is composed of more than a thousand species, many of which compete for space and nutrients, and the selective pressure to eliminate bacterial neighbors is high.”

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