Stefanie Greve wrote in message <365B47A5.5E11 at tu-bs.de>...
>In our lab arose the following question:
>>Do mammals produce antibiotics on their own?
>>It was postulated that cows might have a mechanism which could inject
>"selfmade" antibiotics into MOs. This might be in coherence with wounds
>in the tongue due to feeding on gramineaceae and similar "cutting"
>>I hope everybody understands what I am intending to say. To me the
>thingie seems to be quite improbable.
>>Are antibiotics to be made by MOs or by chemical means in order to be
>called antibiotics? Is any microbicid or microbistatic molecule called
>an antibiotic regardless of origin?
>>I have already looked it up in
>Singleton/Sainsbury, Dictionary of Microbiology and Molecular Biology,
>2. Ed., Wiley
>but am still quite clueless in regard of these questions.
>>Many thanks in advance
Lysozyme in tears and egg whites for one