Beating “Super Germs” With Breast Milk
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – New research found a protein complex in breast milk, which is called Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor Cells (HAMLET), can make drug-resistant “superbugs,” like MRSA, more sensitive to antibiotics.
Using petri dish and animal experiments, researchers saw that the bacteria was unable to develop a resistance to HAMLET and also began to die in large numbers after exposure to the protein. Researchers are hopeful that the protein complex used in conjunction with well-known antibiotics will help to resolve the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
For more information, go to http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0063158.
SOURCE: PLoS ONE, May 2013
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