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The Incredible Bacterial ‘Homing Missiles’ That Scientists Want to Harness – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A Berkeley Lab-led team is digging into the bizarre bacteria-produced nanomachines that could fast-track medicine and microbiome science



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An artistic rendering of tailocins attached to a target bacteria. (Credit: iLexx/iStock and Aliyah Kovner/Berkeley Lab)
Imagine there are arrows that are lethal when fired on your enemies yet harmless if they fall on your friends. Its easy to see how these would be an amazing advantage in warfare, if they were real. However, something just like these arrows does indeed exist, and they are used in battle … just on a different scale.
These weapons are called tailocins, and the reality is almost stranger…

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