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Wonderful medicine from crocodile blood

Wonderful medicine from crocodile blood

Researchers in Australia are in the midst of a crocodile blood harvesting campaign in the hope that they will be able to obtain an extremely powerful and effective antibiotic from it, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Researchers in Australia are in the midst of a crocodile blood harvesting campaign in the hope that they will be able to obtain an extremely powerful and effective antibiotic from it, the Daily Telegraph reports.
The crocodile's immune system is incomparably more resistant than humans, and tests have shown that these reptiles are capable of even neutralizing the HIV virus. Also, crocodiles are able to cope with the particularly powerful infections they are prone to after fierce territorial battles that often leave them with very serious injuries or missing limbs.
Their immune system works totally differently from that of humans, the infections being attacked immediately after installation in the body.

Given these issues, scientists hope to exploit the powerful antibodies of crocodiles and obtain antibiotics to treat duodenal ulcers, severe burns, and other infections.
"The crocodile has an immune system that attacks viral organisms (even HIV) with such speed that they simply explode. It's like pointing a gun at the head of the bacterium and then pushing the trigger," explains Adam Britton, one of the Australian scientists collecting blood in the northern part of Australia.
He also says that crocodile antibodies may be too strong for humans, which is why the process of adaptation for human consumption may be quite long. "It's a long way from the end of our mission. It could take many years for us to buy such drugs from pharmacies," says Britton.
Source: Day