December 26, 2012

Alligators’ Immune System Can Fight HIV

The serum of alligators can fight HIV
The serum of alligators can fight HIV

Researchers found that when the alligator serum was exposed to HIV, a good amount of the life-threatening virus was killed.

This means that alligator blood opens many doors in the antibiotic research. A study team predicts that pills and creams containing alligator peptides could be available at local pharmacies within 7 to 10 years.

Such products would be of great assistance to patients that need extra help preventing infections, such as diabetes patients with foot ulcers, burn victims, and people suffering from auto-immune diseases.

However, initial tests have revealed that higher concentrations of the alligator serum can be toxic to human cells. Will a perfect combination be struck? Only time will tell.

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