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Web address: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/ 080407074556.htm Alligator Blood May Put The Bite On Antibiotic-resistant Infections Alligator blood could provide a powerful new source of antibiotics for fighting deadly "superbugs" and other infections, researchers say. (Credit: Courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) ScienceDaily (Apr. 7, 2008) — Despite their reputation for deadly attacks on humans and pets, alligators are wiggling their way toward a new role as potential lifesavers in medicine, biochemists in Louisiana reported at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society. They described how proteins in gator blood may provide a source of powerful new antibiotics to help fight infections associated with diabetic ulcers, severe burns, and "superbugs" that are resistant to conventional medication. Their study, described as the first to explore the antimicrobial activity of alligator blood in detail, found a range of other promising uses for the gator's antibiotic proteins. Among them: combating Candida albicans yeast infections, which are a serious problem in AIDS
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course CELL 101 taught by Professor Burdsal during the Spring '08 term at Tulane.

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