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Detoxifying Enzyme Helps Animals Stomach Bacteria

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Science  21 Dec 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5858, pp. 1853-1854
DOI: 10.1126/science.318.5858.1853a

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Last week, microbiologists reported that when bacteria colonize vertebrate intestines, the tissue produces an enzyme that appears to defuse a dangerous toxin the microbes wield, helping to explain how we can live in peaceful coexistence with the scads of potentially noxious bacteria in our guts.