Tasmanian Devil's Milk Can Kill Superbugs

Posted: Oct 17 2016, 6:26am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Tasmanian Devil's Milk Can Kill Superbugs
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  • Tasmanian Devil’s Milk could Help Humans Fight off Superbugs
  • Can Kill Golden Staph and Other Deadly Infections

It is being said that Tasmanian Devil’s milk could help humans fight off superbugs. It can kill some of the most deadly bacterial and fungal infections in humans.

The worldwide fight against superbugs is extant. Tasmanian Devil’s milk may be an ingredient that will help human beings win this war. Aussie researchers have found that peptides found in the milk are able to kill off some of the most lethal bacteria and fungal infections.

These include golden staph among them. The Tasmanian Devil’s genome has been decoded and the half a dozen antimicrobial peptides have been mapped. Their artificial replication is all that is left for scientists to do.

The peptides and their power to annihilate some of the most deadliest bacteria then began to be tested by the researchers. One of the experts weighed in on the experiments and said that the process was quite exciting.

The Tasmanian Devil delivers young that are premature after a 3 week long gestation period. The mother’s milk plays a very crucial role in the development of the immune systems of the young babies. However, what the researchers found was something even they weren’t expecting.

The Tasmanian Devil’s milk peptides wiped out all multi-drug resistant bacteria in a jiffy. Golden staph was one bacteria that the milk peptides managed to finish off.

This bacterium is fatal and is carried by 30% of the people in their nose and on their skin. It can be deadly if it gets into the bloodstream via a wound. Another bacterium which was tested was the enterococcus.

This is immune to the antibiotic known as vancomycin. Vancomycin is a very effective drug and if a bacterium is resistant to it there is not much you can do about that. The results of this study were published in a journal.

Superbugs pose huge problems for human beings. If they are left to their own devices, they could kill off more people than cancer alone within 40 years. If these superbugs are not stopped in the nick of time, they could kill more than 10 million people a year by the time 2050 rolls in.

The Tasmanian Devil’s milk peptide contains the antimicrobial cathelicidin, according to SMH. All animals have them. While Tasmanian Devils possess six varieties, humans just have one. Most marsupials have multiple types of these antimicrobial agents in their bodies.

The findings of this study got published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.

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