Platypus milk could help fight antibiotic resistance, says study

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New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): Platypus milk has emerged as an unlikely hero in saving lives, a new study has revealed. According to a research led by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia, platypus milk acts as a hero in the global fight against antibiotic resistance. Due to its unique features- duck-billed, egg-laying, beaver-tailed and venomous- the platypus has long exerted a powerful appeal to scientists, making it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology. In 2010, scientists discovered that platypus milk contained unique antibacterial properties that could be used to fight superbugs. Now, a team of researchers at Australia's national research agency, the CSIRO, and Deakin University have solved a puzzle that help explaining why platypus milk is so potent- bringing it a step closer to being used to save lives. The discovery was made by replicating a special protein contained in platypus milk in a laboratory setting.

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