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Bacterial “homing missiles” could unlock new antibiotic treatments

An artist's model of a tailocin, puncturing a bacterial membrane

Microscopic wars are constantly raging all around, on and inside us, as bacteria fight for resources and room. They’ve developed some crafty weapons in the process, such as tailocins, which act somewhat like “homing missiles” against their enemies. Now, researchers have investigated just how tailocins work, and how we might use them to our advantage.

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Category: Biology, Science

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