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Vultures remarkably tolerant to Deadly Bacteria

A new study of microorganisms living on the skin and in the intestines of North America vultures has revealed that  that millions of years of eating decaying, contaminated flesh have not only given vultures a strong tolerance to bacterial toxins, but that these birds have perhaps harnessed the decaying power of pathogenic bacteria, allowing vultures to absorb more nutrients from the food they eat.

The study was published today in the journal Nature Communications

Black vultures (Flickr photo by e_monk)

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