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Posted: 9/12/2010 11:03:11 AM EDT
Cockroaches and locusts contain powerful antibiotic molecules in their brains that could be used to develop new treatments against MRSA and E-coli, scientists have discovered. Scientists at Nottingham University found that the insects, which are widely reviled for their dirty image, could actually be more of a health benefit than a health risk.

They have identified up to nine different molecules in the tissues of cockroaches and locusts that are toxic to bacteria and they hope will pave the way for new treatments for multi-drug resistant bacterial infections.

The tissues of the brain and nervous system of the insects were able to kill more than 90% of MRSA and E.coli bacteria, without harming human cells.

Simon Lee, a postgraduate researcher who is presenting his work at the Society for General Microbiology’s autumn meeting in Nottingham, said: "We hope that these molecules could eventually be developed into treatments for E. coli and MRSA infections that are increasingly resistant to current drugs.

"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.

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Link Posted: 9/12/2010 11:04:18 AM EDT
Cool.

We need more antibiotics.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 11:05:44 AM EDT
Science is amazing.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 12:42:24 PM EDT
woohoo. more antibiotics to be over prescribed for the diseases to become resistant to.

I, for one, welcome our drug resistant bacterial overlords.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 12:46:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By wormgod:
woohoo. more antibiotics to be over prescribed for the diseases to become resistant to.


Beat me to it



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Link Posted: 9/12/2010 5:25:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Tekka:
The tissues of the brain and nervous system of the insects were able to kill more than 90% of MRSA and E.coli bacteria, without harming human cells.


Simple explanation: After being exposed to cockroach guts, the bacteria died of disgust.

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 5:32:51 PM EDT
Not surprising, given how hardy roaches are.

Does this mean that I now have some 'contact' resistance after living in a roach infested building?
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 5:33:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 5:36:09 PM EDT
Hmmm, do you have to cook them before you eat them to gain their powers?
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