Cockroach Brains— the Future is Now!

by wjw on September 10, 2010

Via Daniel, the news that the brains of cockroaches and locusts contain natural antibiotics capable of wiping out 90% of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Cockroaches live in filth, someone must have reasoned.  Why don’t they get sick?

The group found that the tissues of the brain and nervous system of the insects were able to kill more than 90% of Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Escherichia coli, without harming human cells. Studying the specific properties of the antibacterial molecules is currently underway in the laboratory. “We hope that these molecules could eventually be developed into treatments for E. coli and MRSA infections that are increasingly resistant to current drugs,” explained Mr Lee. “Also, these new antibiotics could potentially provide alternatives to currently available drugs that may be effective but have serious and unwanted side effects,” he said.

A cockroach a day keeps the MRSA away!   Heap good crunchy insects!

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