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Researchers Get Patent for Synthetic Peptide That Helps Dogs Better Fight Pathogens

Thursday December 1, 2011

Going to the dogs: University’s newest patent for improving canine health

Make no bones about it, a discovery by a Kansas State University research team could mean a longer and healthier life for man’s best friend.

University researchers Tonatiuh Melgarejo, an associate professor of human nutrition; Frank Blecha, distinguished professor of immunophysiology; and Yongming Sang and Maria Ortega, former postdoctoral fellows, isolated and characterized a natural antimicrobial peptide that helps dogs to better fight pathogens — including different bacteria, viruses and fungi.

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