Honey beats MRSA, land of rising cuts, and more


Manuka honey is thought to have antibacterial properties. Now Rowena Jenkins from the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff, UK, has shown that it appears to defeat deadly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by destroying a protein called FabI. This is vital for fatty-acid biosynthesis, key to building bacterial cell walls. Science is gradually making the work of illegal bushmeat traders more difficult. The DNA “ID tags” of the African red river hog and13 other species of illegally traded bushmeat animals have been added to the Barcode of Life database,
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