Cockroaches may save humanity from drug-resistant bacterial infections

You may remember a story we did last week on frogs and their bacteria fighting skills potentially helping scientists find a cure to bacterial infections.

Well, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give cockroaches their due as well. AOL published this article last week.  By the way, we have totally filled our quota of creepy crawly this week, don’t you think?  Stay tuned for warm fuzzies…but until then.

Looks like Godzilla should be popping out of the water with a mighty roar.

Cockroaches, the creepy critters reviled for invading kitchens the country over, might be modern medicine’s best option for fending off dangerous, drug-resistant bacterial infections.

British researchers at the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science are behind the discovery, which entails harnessing molecules from the tissues of cockroaches and locusts to combat bacteria like E. coli and MRSA (drug-resistant staph infections).

Chemicals found in the brain and central nervous tissues of cockroaches are able to kill 90 percent of dangerous bacteria in lab-based tests.
The potent chemicals, found in the brain and central nervous tissues of the critters, are able to kill 90 percent of E. coli and MRSA in lab-based tests.

“Superbugs … have shown the ability to cause untreatable infections and have become a major threat in our fight against bacterial diseases,” Dr. Naveed Khan, who supervised the work of lead researcher Simon Lee, said in a press release. “Thus, there is a continuous need to find additional sources of novel anti-microbials to confront this menace.”

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