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An Immortal Worm that Kills Bacteria

An Immortal Worm that Kills Bacteria


By studying an aquatic flatworm (planarian), well known for its extraordinary regenerative abilities, researchers in Marseille  identified a gene capable of destroying tuberculosis and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Called Morn 2, this very active gene in the planarian is present in humans, but dormant. It could be pharmacologically stimulated to fight diseases that are resistant to antibiotics.

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Original title:
The immortal flatworm
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5 min 57
Christophe Gombert
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Speaker(s) :
Eric Ghigo, Research Unit on Emerging Infection and Tropical Diseases (URMITE)
Cédric Torre, PhD student (URMITE)
Landry Laure Tsoumtsa, PhD student (URMITE)


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