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Posted by Adam Britton on March 03, 2003 at 21:34:39:
In Reply to: to Adam Britton posted by caimankid on March 03, 2003 at 15:08:19:
Yes, it's true. In fact, I discovered it in collaboration with Gill Diamond (U. of North Dakota). We first found this factor in saltwater crocodile blood, but when Nat Geo filmed with us for Supercroc we decided to check freshies for a similar factor. Lo and behold, freshies have a similar factor too. Not surprising really. The exciting part of it was the power of the antibiotic - able to destroy antibiotic resistant bacteria that there were no known antibiotics for. And people think crocs aren't cool?
Gill is doing more work at present trying to determine how the factor is working. I collected a range of blood samples from different species (about a dozen species) so we've got plenty to look at. We can answer the question of whether all species have them later, but I would be very surprised if they didn't.
:i was watching national geoghraohic the other day and saw 'croc doc' it was about 'super croc' (sacasuchus) and they were finding out that some crocs had an anti-bacterial agent in their blood, is this true?, if so, is this true in all crocodilians?