Ant from Africa may aid fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Tetraponera penzigi ants that live on the Kenyan whistling thorn tree harbor bacteria that have the potential to combat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The ants have a symbiotic relationship with the plant, and they harbor a new Streptomyces species, which generates an antibiotic compound that inhibited MRSA and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium in laboratory tests.United Press International (2/15)

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