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Platypus milk: How it could combat superbugs

Platypus milk: How it could combat superbugs

Australian scientists discovered in 2010 that the semi-aquatic animal’s milk contains a potent protein able to fight superbugs.

They’ve now identified why, and say it could lead to the creation of a new type of antibiotic.

“We were interested to examine the protein’s structure and characteristics to find out exactly what part of the protein was doing what,” she said.

The researchers found a quirk they say has never been seen in more than 100,000 different protein structures known to biologists.

It was dubbed the “Shirley Temple” in reference to its ringlet formation, after the 1930s child star.
It’s estimated that 5,000 people die in England each year as a result of drug-resistant infections

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