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Turning Deadly Insect Venom into Drugs

There are many secrets yet to be discovered in the world of insects, especially the deadly ones. A group of scientists in Great Britain is trying to create a ‘chemical library’ of peptides contained in the venom of some deadly insects, hoping to find a powerful drug against drug-resistant ‘superbugs’. Many of the plastic living quarters of the 400 or so insects in the Venomtech laboratory bear the ominous skull and crossbones, meaning that their bite can be anything from painful to...

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