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Could pandas help us to tackle superbugs ?


Posted on Monday, 31 December, 2012 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Scientists have discovered that Giant Pandas could be a rich new source of antibiotic medications.

Efforts have been underway for years to save pandas from extinction, with only 1600 of them left in the wild it may not be long before the species survives only in captivity. But now there may be yet another reason to keep these beautiful animals from disappearing - a powerful new antibiotic substance has been found in their blood stream that is very effective at killing bacteria and fungi. Known as cathelicidin-AM, the compound could be the key to developing powerful new antibiotics that can tackle superbugs in humans.

"Under the pressure of increasing microorganisms with drug resistance against conventional antibiotics, there is urgent need to develop new type of antimicrobial agents," said Dr Xiuwen Yan who lead the research. "Gene-encoded antimicrobial peptides play an important role in innate immunity against noxious microorganisms. They cause much less drug resistance of microbes than conventional antibiotics."

"Their endangered status and distinctive, cuddly appearance has turned them into the poster-child of wildlife conservation, but now there may be a new reason to save the giant panda from extinction."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Mistydawn on 30 December, 2012, 14:30
killing bacteria in less than an hour! wao! Maybe there's more to bamboo shoot eating than meets the eye! Seriously though, awesome creatures with awesome secrets.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 30 December, 2012, 14:58
Comment icon #3 Posted by Mistydawn on 30 December, 2012, 15:31
Yey!!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Comment icon #4 Posted by shaddow134 on 30 December, 2012, 15:32
A Panda a day keeps the Doctor away...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Coffey on 30 December, 2012, 15:49
Before i read the article it's PO isn't it?! (he's the weapon.... kung fu panda) See PO is real.
Comment icon #6 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 31 December, 2012, 17:14
What a surprise keeping the Pandas alive is very important all life is valueable.
Comment icon #7 Posted by ashven on 31 December, 2012, 19:36
I saw a Panda take on more than a bug,it beat a Tiger senseless with some slick Kung Fu moves so i know the bug is history
Comment icon #8 Posted by ashven on 31 December, 2012, 19:40
Preserving all life will surely helpmthe human race,how many examples of this have we seen and how many more will we discover?
Comment icon #9 Posted by pallidin on 31 December, 2012, 20:26
Nature always has amazed me. Like, some shark species never getting cancer(if I got that right ?)
Comment icon #10 Posted by King Cobra 1408 on 2 January, 2013, 6:56
nature has all the answers and cures to all human problems as in for deseases and i mean natural cures from mother nature herself.instead were being bombarded with these artificial drugs by these drug companies that have all these side effects and etc which in reality do more harm than good sure they help us with out current problem but what about later???be respectful to mother nature and with the animals of nature they might have cures and etc but they are lab rats or experiments.were not above mother nature guys or stronger nature has shown us that.are ignorant are we humans. i'm glad about... [More]


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