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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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RE: I wonder...
By Spivonious on 9/8/2010 12:41:59 PM , Rating: 5
Very true. The first step towards lowering medical costs in this country is tort reform for malpractice lawsuits. The second step is disconnecting health insurance from employment. With those two items costs charged by the provider go down, premiums for insurance go down, and more people are insured.

RE: I wonder...
By TxJeepers on 9/8/2010 12:53:47 PM , Rating: 3
amen brother

RE: I wonder...
By Souka on 9/8/2010 4:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
How do you think doctors get all those spiffy pens and note pads... that sport the logo of the drugs they prescribe! :)

RE: I wonder...
By Spivonious on 9/9/2010 3:01:18 PM , Rating: 2
Actually they get those (and tickets to sporting events, concerts, etc.) regardless of whether or not they actually prescribe the drugs. I have tons of notepads and pens and have been to Phillies/Eagles games thanks to those pharma reps. :)

RE: I wonder...
By Kurz on 9/8/2010 1:42:54 PM , Rating: 2
In addition to what you said I would love be open for consumption. Forget this BS about FDA limiting what you can and can't take in your system.

Drugs should be payed by you and you alone.
The only thing I believe that should be limited is antibotics mostly because of bacteria becoming super bugs.

Everything else is your decision.

RE: I wonder...
By FaceMaster on 9/8/2010 7:54:39 PM , Rating: 2
I would love be open for consumption.

And I'd like the first bite, please.

RE: I wonder...
By Kurz on 9/9/2010 12:13:42 AM , Rating: 2
Drugs... God damn... I hate IE 6

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