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Antibiotics in cockroach brains could treat MSRA and E-Coli

A troublesome household pest could soon provide healthy benefits to humans. Tissue from the brains and nervous systems of the common cockroach contain bacteria fighting properties that may help banish serious infections. As a result, “superbugs” like MRSA and E-Coli can be destroyed more than 90 percent of the time without damaging human cells. 

Researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the UK's University of Nottingham identified up to nine different molecules in the tissue of cockroaches and locusts that were toxic to bacteria.

The team of scientists has discovered that the bugs secrete their own antimicrobials and is currently studying specific properties of the antibacterial molecules. 

Simon Lee, a postgraduate researcher and Dr. Dr Naveed Khan, an Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology, presented their findings at the Society for General Microbiology’s meeting this week according to

"Insects often live in unsanitary and unhygienic environments where they encounter many different types of bacteria. It is therefore logical that they have developed ways of protecting themselves against micro-organisms," said Lee.

The potency of the antibacterial molecules found in these insects are now being tested on various superbugs including Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas and Burkholderia. 

"We hope that these molecules could eventually be developed into treatments for E. coli and MRSA infections that are increasingly resistant to current drugs. These new antibiotics could potentially provide alternatives to currently available drugs that may be effective but have serious and unwanted side effects."

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IT's about time...
By Pneumothorax on 9/8/2010 10:56:15 AM , Rating: 2
Sadly we haven't had a new class of antibiotics in pretty much over a decade and the current ones are becoming more worthless day by day due to overuse in hospitals and by animal farms. There's also little money to be made on it as it's one of the few medications that actually CURE the disease so big pharma would rather put their big bucks on chronic ailments.

RE: IT's about time...
By Kurz on 9/8/2010 11:27:47 AM , Rating: 2
Really? you are blaming big pharma for not giving you cures for bacteria?

RE: IT's about time...
By FITCamaro on 9/8/2010 12:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
Don't you know man? Its all a big conspiracy. They have a cure for AIDS but you know those rich white folk hate black people and gays so they want them to keep dying.

Just waiting for the down rating on this but I could care less. Can't take a sarcastic comment, go home.

RE: IT's about time...
By AssBall on 9/8/2010 3:47:36 PM , Rating: 4
He does have some points though. Most medical research is done purely for financial interests rather than discovery and understanding. I've always said if necessity is indeed the mother of invention, then greed is the father.

RE: IT's about time...
By EricMartello on 9/16/2010 5:11:46 AM , Rating: 1
If we laced KFC and Popeyes chicken with some kind of drug that inhibits the reproductive system, I can assure you that inner-city crime rates would plummet. :D

RE: IT's about time...
By Tigerwraith on 9/8/2010 12:56:36 PM , Rating: 2
Theres things yall have to realize and look at.

1. Antibiotics have been overperscribed, it used to be if you had flu like symptoms you would get a scrip for antibiotics which did nothing. The flu you can only treat the symptoms. Also people only taking their antibiotic till they get better and not the full 2 week course will also have the same effect.

2. Industrial livestock farms have been over feeding the livestock antibiotics because they can pack in more animals that way. So at the end of the day when you have your chicken or pork how much antibiotics do you think your eating.

3. Yes the antimicrobial soaps did help as well with the superbugs, prob companies not putting enough into the soap or the mixer was just a little off, so there was just enough in the soap to make the bugs sick but not kill them.

You add up all these factors and its amazing we dont have more superbugs than we already have. And this story only named the ones that can be treated with vancomyacn. IT didnt tell you about the real superbug out there VRE, Vancomyacn Resistant Enterococcus, or its new brother VDE..... ill let yall do the google search on those.

RE: IT's about time...
By jordanclock on 9/9/2010 2:25:21 PM , Rating: 2
Fun fact: Antibacterial soaps are just regular soaps. Soap in general kills bacteria. It's nice to us, very harsh to them.

RE: IT's about time...
By Kurz on 9/9/2010 4:33:40 PM , Rating: 2
What you just said was incorrect. Soap only binds and carries away dirt and bacteria, while anti Bacterial soaps attempt to kill the bacteria.

Heres a link:

First link

RE: IT's about time...
By Kurz on 9/9/2010 4:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
What you just said was incorrect. Soap only binds and carries away dirt and bacteria, while anti Bacterial soaps attempt to kill the bacteria.

Heres a link:

First link

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