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    Cockroaches may really be superbugs

    Monday, 6 September 2010

    Cockroaches have long been regarded as an unwanted pest but in fact they could hold the secret to treating the most resilient of superbugs, scientists have said.

    Tests have found tissue from the brains and nervous systems of the insects can kill off more than 90% of MRSA and E.coli infections without harming human cells.

    Until now, cockroaches have been seen as a health hazard, to be found in dank and dingy hotels. But Simon Lee, a postgraduate researcher at the University of Nottingham, says they hold powerful antibiotic properties after discovering nine different molecules in their tissues which are toxic to bacteria.



    Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/br...#ixzz0yl4ksRY2
    ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
    Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

    ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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    Re: Cockroaches may really be superbugs

    Locust brains could thwart superbug plagues

    06 September 2010 by Andy Coghlan

    Extracts from the brains of locusts and cockroaches can kill hospital superbugs. Work is under way to identify the active ingredients, which could ultimately result in the first antibiotics originating from insects.

    Nine distinct chemical extracts from the locust brain killed Escherichia coli, which can cause food poisoning, and seven killed Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the problematic superbug sweeping hospitals and communities throughout the western world.

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    "But we're a long way from these being active drugs," he says.

    NewScientist
    ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
    Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

    ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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