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A new BOTOX is on its way

Botulinum toxin type A, or BOTOX, derived from Clostridium botulinum in the environment has several applications like treatment of migraine, wrinkles, excessive amount of sweating, heart conditions and bladder problems. However, Dr. Andrew Doxey from University of Waterloo and colleagues from Havard University has identified a similar toxin from bacteria Enterococcus faecium which is usually found in animal guts. This was a chance discovery, as the original intention of the study was to identify the origin of antibiotic resistance in E. faecium. The researchers are confident that identification of more versions of the toxin could help in expansion and optimization of its therapeutic applications.

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