Soldier beetles are the only known animals that contain dihydromatricaria acid (DHMA), a fatty acid with antibacterial properties that helps them ward off predators and protects them against infections. For the first time, the three genes that combine to produce the substance were replicated in the lab and could now be synthesized to develop new antibacterial and anti-cancer chemicals for human consumption.

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