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Florida Woodrats

Could there be a new source of antibiotics in our future? Rats. Dirty, disease carrying rodents?

While that may be true in some cases; it’s not true of the Florida Woodrat.

These tiny little guys apparently have antibiotic producing bacteria in their nests and none of the usual diseases that are found in many other rodent nests.

Conservation efforts are likely going to be amped up.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09/florida-woodrat-nests-are-laced-antibiotic-producing-bacteria

 

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