New research suggests that scorpion venom may hold the key to tackling drug-resistant bacteria.
As superbugs such as MRSA become increasingly problematic, developing new ways of dealing with antibiotic-resistant infections has become a new priority for scientists. Researchers at Chinaís Wuhan University have been exploring the use of substances contained within scorpion venom as a potential solution and have reported some promising results using mice.
"They showed itís possible to take this peptide and turn it into an an antimicrobial peptide that can kill a broad range of bacteria that are harmful to humans," said immunologist Michael Zasloff. "The infections that we create on the backs of mice are not all that different from those that occur on humans."
"It may sound like snake oil, but a new study suggests scorpion venom contains a substance that can fend off drug-resistant bacteria, including the deadly MRSA."
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