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Honey, we could have a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

The latest potential weapon to join the armory comes from a substance used for thousands of years to fight infections – raw honey.

Researchers at Sweden's Lund University have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in the honey stomach of bees and passed onto fresh honey. When the bacteria, which produces a range of active microbial compounds, was applied to various severe would pathogens, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), it was able to counteract them all.

Although the testing on human bacteria has so far been restricted to the lab, the researchers have mixed the lactic acid bacteria with fresh honey and applied it directly to 10 horses.

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