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Bug Brains May Contain Next Generation of Antibiotics September 10, 2010
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Nine chemicals extracted from locust brains can kill Escherichia coli.
Brain tissues and the nervous systems of insects may provide the next line of antibiotic defense against emerging superbugs that have become resistant to drugs.

Researchers from the U.K.’s Nottingham University discovered that molecules found in cockroaches and locusts are toxic to MRSA and E. coli bacteria, without harming human cells.

The scientists say they’re currently identifying the exact chemical ingredients that can kill bacteria and other pathogens.

Speaking at a meeting of the Society for General Microbiology, researcher Simon Lee said: “We’re a long way from these being active drugs.”

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