Panda blood may be key to future antibiotics

 

Chinese scientists reported that pandas may be a source of powerful  antibiotics in the future, The Daily Telegraph reported.

According to researchers at Nanjing Agricultural University, pandas produce a  substance that kills bacteria and fungi.

There are about 1,600 pandas in the world – making them an endangered species – but the antibiotic substance, which is thought to be in the animal’s immune  system, may be what protects them from deadly diseases.

Scientists say the compound, known as cathelicidin-AM, may be used to make  strong treatments for drug-resistant superbugs, among other ailments.

The scientists said using the panda’s compounds for drugs will not harm the  animal’s capacity to breed; they will reproduce the compound artificially in a  lab.

Source: foxnews.com

 

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