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Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by High Priest, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. High Priest

    High Priest Elite Member

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    Crocodile blood may yield powerful new antibiotics

    16 Aug 2005 04:59:12 GMT Source: Reuters
    By Michael Perry

    SYDNEY, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antibiotic for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune system kills the HIV virus.

    The crocodile's immune system is much more powerful than that of humans, preventing life-threatening infections after savage territorial fights which often leave the animals with gaping wounds and missing limbs.

    "They tear limbs off each other.and despite the fact that they live in this environment with all these microbes, they heal up very rapidly and normally almost always without infection," said U.S. scientist Mark Merchant, who has been taking crocodile blood samples in the Northern Territory.

    Initial studies of the crocodile immune system in 1998 found that several proteins (antibodies) in the reptile's blood killed bacteria that were resistant to penicillin, such as Staphylococcus aureus or golden staph, Australian scientist Adam Britton told Reuters on Tuesday. It was also a more powerful killer of the HIV virus than the human immune system.

    "If you take a test tube of HIV and add crocodile serum it will have a greater effect than human serum. It can kill a much greater number of HIV viral organisms," Britton said from Darwin's Crocodylus Park, a tourism park and research centre.

    Britton said the crocodile immune system worked differently from the human system by directly attacking bacteria immediately an infection occurred in the body.

    "The crocodile has an immune system which attaches to bacteria and tears it apart and it explodes. It's like putting a gun to the head of the bacteria and pulling the trigger," he said.

    For the past 10 days Britton and Merchant have been carefully collecting blood from wild and captive crocodiles, both saltwater and freshwater species. After capturing a crocodile and strapping its powerful jaws closed the scientists extract blood from a large vein behind the head.

    "It's called a sinus, right behind the head, and it's very easy just to put a needle in the back of the neck and hit this sinus and then you can take a large volume of blood very simply," said Britton.

    The scientists hope to collect enough crocodile blood to isolate the powerful antibodies and eventually develop an antibiotic for use by humans.

    "We may be able to have antibiotics that you take orally, potentially also antibiotics that you could run topically on wounds, say diabetic ulcer wounds; burn patients often have their skin infected and things like that," said Merchannt.

    However, the crocodile's immune system may be too powerful for humans and may need to be synthesised for human consumption.

    "There is a lot of work to be done. It may take years before we can get to the stage where we have something to market," said Britton.

  2. someone

    someone Member

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    how did magic johnson get cured? they prolly injected him with crocodile blood i think thats y the last time i saw him on tv he was greenish and was biting at the person wheeling his wheel chair
  3. WhiteOx

    WhiteOx Elite Member

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    Does this mean I don't have to use a condom when i fuck whores?
  4. Does this mean I don't have to use a condom when I fuck crocodiles?
  5. GimmeDaLoot

    GimmeDaLoot New Jack

    Joined: Jan 15, 2004 Messages: 99 Likes Received: 0

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    Does this mean I don't have to use a condom when I fuck crocodiles?
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    haha i love it....
  6. WhiteOx

    WhiteOx Elite Member

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    I don't know what to believe anymore
  7. !@#$%

    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

    Joined: Oct 1, 2002 Messages: 18,517 Likes Received: 623
    penicillin, one of the world's most important antibiotics, came from mold.

    it is vital that science [continue to] reach out to the environment for new sources of ideas and inspiration

    this is part of the reason why extinction of unkown and poorly understood animal and plant species could end up harming the human race so much

    right now, there are new developments in pain medication that came, i think, from a snail. the pain meds aren't opiates that produce a high, instead, they block calcium channels so the brain doesn't feel the pain sensation.

    *majic has not been cured
    he's one of those lucky folks who stayed on their meds religiously and has not yet developed AIDS. people can live with HIV for a long time without it turning into AIDS, which is then a fairly quick death
    *AIDS and HIV are also changing. there are now new drug-resistant strains of the pathogens that are being to emerge as the newest threat
  8. 26SidedCube

    26SidedCube Veteran Member

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  9. fatalist

    fatalist Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Mar 10, 2004 Messages: 6,354 Likes Received: 25
    amazing! lets hope people don't start breeding like fuckin rabbits now!
  10. dumy

    dumy Veteran Member

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    It'll be interesting to see what comes of this. The article mentions that were still years away from anything that could be marketable to people though.
  11. defyoner

    defyoner Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 20, 2000 Messages: 4,873 Likes Received: 3
    this is something along the lines of using sharks for cancer research.. because apparently they can not get cancer.