Study: Gator blood shows 'amazing' antibiotic properties
The blood was found to fight of and kill staph infections
By Michele Mullen
LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana (KPLC) -- In the bayous of Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas, researchers have discovered a potential medicinal breakthrough from alligators.
Alligator blood is showing to be a potent antibiotic in lab testing at McNeese State University. These keepers of the bayou are known for their tenacity, but behind the alligator's piercing eyes and sharp teeth is an immune system that is as ferocious as the primitive creature.
"They've really put a lot of selective pressure on themselves to develop this tremendous immune system that we've been studying the past 10 or 12 years," said MSU biochemistry professor, Dr. Mark Merchant.