Komodo Dragons’ Blood Can Help Fight Deadly Infections
Recently, a team of scientists from George Mason University have found that protein fragments in Komodo dragons’ blood have antimicrobial properties that help them resist toxic bacteria. Researchers figured out how these lizards became resistant to deadly infections in their mouths.
The scientist took blood from Komodo dragons and analysed it to find out whether they could trace of cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs), the protein fragments that work as an essential part of our innate immune system.
The researchers hope that future studies of these peptides could lead to new antibiotic medications that can fight deadly superbugs. They wrote in their paper: “Future efforts will focus on determining whether peptides are constitutively produced or the result of pathogen detection, as well as whether this phenomenon is limited to Komodo dragons or if it occurs in other species, including humans.”
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