Rich Stores of New Antibiotics?
Cockroach Brains were Investigated
Cockroaches could be more of a health benefit than a health hazard according to scientists from The University of Nottingham. Experts from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science have discovered powerful antibiotic properties in the brains of cockroaches and locusts which could lead to novel treatments for multi-drug resistant bacterial infections. They found that the tissues of the brain and nervous system of the insects were able to kill more than 90 % of MRSA and pathogenic Escherichia coli, without harming human cells.
Simon Lee, a postgraduate researcher will present their work at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting which is being held at The University of Nottingham between the 6 and 9 September 2010. The research has identified up to nine different molecules in the insect tissues that were toxic to bacteria.