Show News April 17, 2011
Honey Can Fight Superbugs?

We all hear about how human activity (hunting, sprawl, etc) is a big reason why animals end up on the endangered species list. We can all agree this is bad for the planet but it's also bad for us...

Once a species is gone, it's gone for good. Also gone are its unique evolutionary tricks and chemical compounds. For example, Coho salmon produce a hormone that's used to treat osteoporosis. Certain snake venoms are used in a drug to lower blood pressure. And now, Munoka honey produced by certain bees in New Zealand has been shown to help fight infections that are resistant to the most potent antibiotics.

How many of these kinds of solutions are waiting to be discovered? How many have we lost forever to extinction?



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