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Super ants could help create next generation of antibiotics

Scientists are turning to the little critters to help fight resistant superbugs (Picture: Getty)

Ants are being recruited as soldiers in the human war against resistant superbugs.

Scientists have identified an ant species that make powerful antimicrobial agents for their own protection.

Experts hope they will provide a much-needed source of new antibiotics to replace those that are rapidly proving ineffective.

Researcher Dr Adrian Smith, from North Carolina State University in the US, said: ‘One species we looked at, the thief ant, had the most powerful antibiotic effect of any species we tested – and until now, no one had even shown that they made use of antimicrobials.

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