Australian scientists are collecting crocodile blood samples with the hopes of developing a new antimicrobial drug for humans. In recent studies they have found that the reptile’s have incredibly strong immune systems which essentially attach to bacteria, tear them apart and then cause them to explode. In the wild Crocs often fight savagely, sometimes even loosing limbs, so their strong healing potential enables them to recover from many of these injuries quickly without ever develping an infection.
The antibodies in crocodile blood have been found to kill such pennicillin resistant bacteria as Staphylococcus aureus. Other studies have shown that when introduced to HIV the reptiles antibodies have a greater effect than that of human antibodies and can effectively kill HIV!
The development of a drug for use by humans will of course take some time, but the scientists are hopeful that their new found discoveries will greatly benefit potential treatments for HIV and other diseases.