By Erik Crouch
Image credit: @telekon
Scientists have discovered the blood of giant pandas contains a powerful bacteria and fungi killing antibiotic, which could potentially be used in medicine to treat humans. As if general cuteness were not enough of a motive to save the pandas from extinction (see: here, and here, and here) now even cold, unmoved humans have a reason to keep them around.
The Telegraph reports:
The Chinese researchers found that the cathelicidin-AM, which is produced by immune cells in the animal’s blood, was found to kill bacteria in less than an hour while other well known antibiotics took more than six hours.
Fortunately for humans, the antibiotic is easily synthesized, which means the medicine’s production would not be dependent on panda’s notoriously picky breeding schedules. Hopefully next on the list will be shark– or whale- based medicines to keep those species around as well.