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Research: Natural antibiotic discovered in wasp venom
Does wasp venom contain the solution to combat antibiotic-resistant germs?
Does wasp venom contain the solution to combat antibiotic-resistant germs? Wasps are not the most popular visitors for outdoor activities. Many people are afraid of the painful stings or suffer from an insect sting allergy. But these uninvited guests could soon save millions of lives. An American research team has developed a bactericidal active substance from the wasp venom of a South American wasp species, which is non-toxic for humans and may be suitable as a new antibiotic. The poison of wasps and bees kills bacteria, but is also toxic to humans. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have succeeded in modifying the poison so that it is no longer toxic to humans. However, the antimicrobial properties are retained. Tests showed that the active substance even killed antibiotic-resistant germs.
The study results were recently published in the renowned journal “Nature Communications Biology”.