Dragon blood as an antibiotic?

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Offline ScientificAngel

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Dragon blood as an antibiotic?
« on: 22/08/2005 17:30:07 »
Komodo Dragons as a source for antibiotics.
The saliva of the Komodo Dragon contains at least 52 kinds of bateria.
I think its blood may have a great antibacterial property.
A lot of doctors says that crocodile serum shows an anti HIV activity.
The serum is a natural antibiotic.
The question is: would it be better than common antibiotics for us?



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Re: Dragon blood as an antibiotic?
« Reply #1 on: 27/08/2005 00:16:06 »
And I'd guess the answer is, at present... maybe, maybe not.
Most antibiotics are either natural products or developed using the basic structure of a natural product by synthetic chemists. You need to know things like the active concentration and whether, at that concentration, the remedy is worse than the disease. Lots of things produced naturally by other organisms to be toxic to bacteria are also toxic to humans.

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Re: Dragon blood as an antibiotic?
« Reply #2 on: 27/08/2005 17:15:01 »
Thanks.
Can..it become a valide alternative for those who are
allergic to antibiotics?
Some scientists say that people allergic to antibiotics are at risk.
Is it true?



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Re: Dragon blood as an antibiotic?
« Reply #3 on: 28/08/2005 12:22:08 »
Well... clearly people who are allergic to antibiotics are going to be at increased risk of complications etc from bacterial illnesses as they can't use antibiotics to kill the bugs. Is that what you meant?
"Antibiotics" just means the things we use to kill of bacteria. So (and I don't have any info here) I'd be surprised if anyone we're allergic to "antibiotics", they'd tend to be allergic to penicillin (and perhaps similar drugs) or to one of the other antibiotics. Infact, if they manage to get a drug out of the crocodile blood (or whatever) that'd be called an antibiotic too, but hopefully the same people wouldn't b allergic to it.