Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Antibiotics From Crocodile Blood? (Article)

Wired News reports: "Scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antibiotic for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune system kills the HIV virus."

It was recently discovered that the crocodile's immune system has an amazing ability to destroy bacteria. The researchers described the process as 'tearing it (bacteria) apart and it exploding'. They believe that the crocodile's immune system could key in fighting the war against HIV.
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