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Panda blood could be secret weapon against superbugs

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Not that we should need any more reasons for why these loveable creatures should be saved from going extinct...

Researchers from the Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University have discovered an antibody in panda blood that is extremely effective at killing fungus and bacteria.

Panda blood has been found to contain a compound known as cathelicin-AM which is capable of quickly killing strains of fungi and microbes, even those that are drug-resistant, writes Gizmodo.

Who needs the like of Tamiflu, let's just ensure we develop panda blood drugs. A synthetic version is already being developed by decoding the animal's genes. But that shouldn't stop us from continue panda preservation efforts. Besides we're sure the pandas would happily donate blood in return for bamboo.

Image: Flickr Creative Commons / George Lu


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