Fight MRSA with help from Tasmanian Devils?

Antibiotic resistance is a major source of anxiety for anyone in the healthcare field these days. So-called “superbugs” like methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (commonly known as MRSA) develop the ability to withstand the medications used to treat them, leading to a continuous race between bacteria and drug manufacturers to develop faster. This constant back-and-forth of changes in bugs, drugs, and bugs again appears unsustainable to many, even leading CDC spokesperson Dr. Arjun Srinivasan to declare recently that we have reached “the end of antibiotics, period.”

There still may be hope, however, from an unlikely source: the Tasmanian devil. A recent study found that the animal’s milk contains proteins (called cathelicidins) that can break down MRSA (possibly developed to allow baby Tasmanian devils to live in very dirty environments).

 

Read more here: Tasmanian Devil Milk Fights Superbugs

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Fight MRSA with help from Tasmanian Devils?

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