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Lab Reports
September 1, 2010

Sweet Treatment

JAMA. 2010;304(9):954. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1221

Honey’s wound-healing properties have been known for millennia, a quality credited to antibacterial activity of 1 or more of its components. Now researchers from the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam and other institutions in the Netherlands have discovered the key to honey's ability to kill bacteria: a protein called defensin-1 (Kwakman PH et al. FASEB J. 2010;24[7]:2576-2582).