Saturday, 23 January 2016

Superbugs destroyed by new antibiotic from breast milk

In what can be termed a ground-breaking breakthrough, British scientists have developed an antibiotic from breast milk capable of destroying drug-resistant bacteria a.k.a superbugs.

The researchers found that a fragment of a protein (lactoferrin) found in breast milk can effectively kill bacteria, fungi and even viruses on contact. 

After identifying the fragment, the researchers re-engineered it into a virus-like capsule that can recognise and target specific bacteria and damage them on contact, but without affecting any surrounding human cells.

Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory in south-west London say the drug could also be used to treat genetic diseases, such as sickle cell anaemia.

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