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Old 09-10-2010, 10:47 AM   #1
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frog Frog Skin May Provide 'Kiss of Death' for Antibiotic-Resistant Germs

Frog Skin May Provide 'Kiss of Death' for Antibiotic-Resistant Germs
Aug. 27, 2010

Frog skin may provide 'kiss of death' for antibiotic-resistant germs
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Kissing a frog won't turn it into a prince -- except in fairy tales -- but frogs may be hopping toward a real-world transformation into princely allies in humanity's battle with antibiotic-resistant infections that threaten millions of people worldwide. Scientists have reported that frog skin contains natural substances that could be the basis for a powerful new genre of antibiotics.

In a report at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society on August 26, the team of stalwart frog-fanciers described enlisting colleagues worldwide to ship secretions from hundreds of promising frog skins to their laboratory in the United Arab Emirates. Using that amphibious treasure trove, they identified more than 100 antibiotic substances in the skins of different frog species from around the world. One even fights...
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