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New Drug to Combat MRSA Developed With Maggots

by Rajashri on August 6, 2008 at 12:46 PM
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 New Drug  to Combat MRSA Developed With Maggots

A new antibiotic using maggots has been developed by British researchers, which may prove useful in combating drug-resistant bacteria MRSA.

The team from Swansea University in south Wales has created Seraticin, a drug made from the secretions of green bottle fly larvae.

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They hope it will be turned into a treatment that can be injected, swallowed as a pill or used as an ointment.

Professor Norman Ratcliffe, who led the researchers, said there was more work to be done before the full benefits of the discovery could come to fruition.

"It takes approximately 20 mugs of maggots to yield just one drop of purified Seraticin at present," he said.

"Thus the next stage will be to... produce this chemically on a larger scale."

Source: AFP
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