Invention: Excrement antibiotic
Source of Article: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16021-invention-excrement-antibiotic.html
Muskrats are semi-aquatic rodents prized for their musk - a strong-smelling substance produced by specialised glands - which can be used in perfumes, cosmetics and medicines.
Now Ki Keun Kim and
colleagues at Pusan National University,
It also proved effective against Staphylococcus aureus, a common cause of opportunistic infections, they say.
The patent also notes that experiments show the compound kills termites too, perhaps providing an environmentally friendly method of insect control.
Collecting the antibiotic requires drying the faeces, and using an organic solvent to extract the compound. However, the patent says nothing about the chemistry of the compound, or whether it might be safe to administer to humans.
Read the full muskrat excrement antibiotic patent application.
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