Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Alligator blood is good for you!

A few days ago I blogged about how green tea can make antibiotics more effective against drug-resistant superbugs.

Well, now comes a story about a superbug cure that sounds like it's straight out of a cheesy horror movie: alligator blood.

Scientists had long wondered why alligators, who are notorious for their bloody territorial fights, seldom get infections from the gory wounds they inflict on each other.

Some researchers finally got around to taking a close look at alligator blood, and what they found was bacteria-fighting blood as tough as the alligators themselves:

Chemists in Louisiana found that blood from the American alligator can successfully destroy 23 strains of bacteria, including strains known to be resistant to antibiotics.

In addition, the blood was able to deplete and destroy a significant amount of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

And if blood from an ordinary alligator can do all that, imagine what pharmacological wonders await discovery in the blood of a standing alligator.

"Uh, sorry Mr. Alligator, but would you hold still a sec while we take a sample of your blood? That's a good alligator."

—Mellow Monk

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