Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Pandariffic News!

In my pharmacy school my teachers went out of their way to scare us about the impending dangers of the over-prescribing of antibiotics and the eventual effect it will have on the ability to control disease.

I have always had faith that there are undiscovered options out there in nature. As it turns out, I may be right.

Scientists have discovered that Pandas produce a powerful antibiotic in their blood stream that kills bacteria and fungi. The bad news is that there are only about 1,600 Pandas left in the world.

"The antibiotic is thought to be released by the bear’s immune system to protect them infections when they are living in the wild. Researchers discovered the compound, known as cathelicidin-AM, after analysing the panda’s DNA."

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