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Soapberry shells pictured with a tube of soapberry extract on a plate of actively growing bacteria.

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Dr. Tim Veenstra, associate professor of pharmaceutical science at Cedarville University, is researching the potential bacteria-killing, insect-repelling properties of soapberry extract.


Americans have plenty of options to kill bacteria and repel mosquitoes, two sources of disease. In many developing nations, those resources aren’t readily available. But a tropical fruit not very well known to Americans, but available in many places around the world, might provide a solution.

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Cedarville, Cedarville University, pharmacy



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