A study about marsupial Tasmanian devils offered a new way for battle against antibiotic-resistant infections

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They first identified and had found six important peptides. It was proved that other marsupials including Koala also have such peptides and ever some more in their milk and the study will be continued. During tests, one of the synthetic peptides – Saha-CATH5 – appeared to be particularly effective at killing the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. It also appeared to kill another resistant bug, called Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus, as well as fungi. This discovery is very important because a recent review warned that by 2050, superbugs could kill one person every three seconds across the world. Recently, another study found that Tasmanian devils can develop cancer-fighting genes against an infectious face cancer, one of the two infectious cancers known to science which threats with extermination the Tasmanian devils species.

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