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Frogs in milk could lead to new antibiotics


Posted on Sunday, 16 December, 2012 | Comment icon 42 comments | News tip by: the L


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An old fashioned method for keeping milk from going sour could be the key to a medicinal breakthrough.

Moscow State University scientists discovered that the process of placing a frog in milk to keep it from going off also revealed a number of antibiotic compounds in the frog's skin that could be developed in to effective new medicines. The frogs secrete the substances naturally as a defense against bacteria and microorganisms that thrive in their natural habitat.

"These peptides could be potentially useful for the prevention of both pathogenic and antibiotic resistant bacterial strains while their action may also explain the traditional experience of rural population," the researchers wrote. Early experiments revealed that the substances worked as well against some common forms of bacteria as existing prescription antibiotics.

"An old Russian way of keeping milk from going sour by putting a frog in the bucket of milk has led to the finding of new antibiotic substances, scientists say."

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Comment icon #33 Posted by Idano on 17 December, 2012, 23:25
I'd like to know what possessed the first person that decided it was a good idea to put a frog in with his milk to do such a thing?
Comment icon #34 Posted by Paracelse on 18 December, 2012, 11:56
Now is there a frog that does the same with Scotch?
Comment icon #35 Posted by me-wonders on 18 December, 2012, 15:34
I am sure the frog got into the bucket of milk itself. It might not have been noticed until the dipper reached the bottom of the bucket, and I am sure there was surprise that the milk stayed good for so long. This really is a big deal. When Louis Pasteur demonstrated that pasteurizing milk could make it safe to drink, people got very excited about the number of lives this would save. Most of the lives saved would be children. At this time, people may have had ice boxes, but not electric refrigerators, so keeping milk cold was a challenge. An Ice box is a box made cold by a chunk of ice. People... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by minera on 18 December, 2012, 16:39
Yuck, poor frog....
Comment icon #37 Posted by Harlequin Dreamer on 21 December, 2012, 20:31
So does this mean if your french you would have fog legs to go with your milk shake.
Comment icon #38 Posted by freetoroam on 21 December, 2012, 21:21
I always said frogs in milk was good, no one would listen, well now I can say "I toad you so"
Comment icon #39 Posted by Paracelse on 22 December, 2012, 6:57
Just thought of this: So all those people who claimed pasturization was best thing since sliced bread??? Are they like ,,,,,,,,,,,, Totallly uterly like Wrong???????
Comment icon #40 Posted by judyrad on 23 December, 2012, 1:59
freedomtoroam very cute... but toads in milk? EW
Comment icon #41 Posted by AsteroidX on 23 December, 2012, 2:11
frogs and salamanders for sale. seasonal only. PM for results.
Comment icon #42 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 23 December, 2012, 20:01
Now I'm wondering whats really in a squashed frog shot, that I've been drinking in the local. lol


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