Breast milk is amazing. It provides perfectly balanced nutrition for newborns and older babies, helps transfer antibodies to ward off illness, and bolsters immunity for little ones as they grow. Now, British scientists are using the liquid gold to create an antibiotic to treat certain drug-resistant strains of bacteria. The key is a protein called lactoferrin, which has been proven to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses on contact. Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and University College London isolated the tiny fragment of the protein capable of destroying superbugs, and are using it to target and kill bacteria with precision-like accuracy. The virus-like capsule created in laboratory tests is able to identify and destroy tough bacteria without causing any harm to human cells.
via The Guardian
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