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Tasmanian devils' milk could help fight superbugs: scientists

05:52 EDT 18 Oct 2016 | Yahoo News

Mother's milk from Tasmanian devils could help the global fight against so-called super-bugs that resist antibiotics, Australian researchers sayMother's milk from the marsupials known as Tasmanian devils could help the global fight against increasingly deadly "superbugs" which resist antibiotics, Australian researchers said Tuesday. Superbugs are bacteria which cannot be treated by current antibiotics and other drugs, with a recent British study saying they could kill up to 10 million people globally by 2050. Scientists at the University of Sydney found that peptides in the marsupial's milk killed resistant bacteria, including methicillin-resistant golden staph bacteria and enterococcus that is resistant to the powerful antibiotic vancomycin.


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