Scientists at the University of Tübingen have found an antibody capable of killing the most deadly strain of staph, right in your nose!
That's right, the tiny golden nuggets present in your nose have antibodies in them capable of decimating a deadly disease. Staph through the history has always been a very formidable disease, it has been found to fight with other strains of the Bacteria in order to gain resources. But when scientists swabbed patients noses they were dumbfounded to find a strain of deadly Staphylococcus was found in a human nose but no side effects were present. Scientists performed many tests and found that a different strain of staph (S. Lugdunensis) created an antibody capable of killing S. aureus. Scientists soon harnessed this antibody and named it lugdunin. Test trials for this new drug will occur later this month.
A. Zipperer et al. “Human commensals producing a novel antibiotic impair pathogen colonization.” Nature. Vol. 535, July 28, 2016, p. 511. doi: 10.1038/nature18634
Author: Jared Ryley
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