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Researchers discover key antibiotic power of honey bee bacteria

Posted Sep 8, 2014 by Mike Rossi
A budding discovery courtesy of research teams at Lund University in Sweeden may open the door to defeating deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Honey bee extracting nectar.
Honey bee extracting nectar.
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Scientists believe they have discovered 13 key lactic acid bacteria that can be used to counteract the devastating effects of MRSA and other antibiotic resistant infections.
Pulled from the stomach of the common European honey bee, the lactic acid bacteria appear to "produce a myriad of active antimicrobial compounds," according to the Lund University news release.
Though experiments have been somewhat limited thus far — all tests on human pathogens have taken place in a Petri dish — the gut-bacteria have successfully counteracted every contagion they've been exposed to.
Scientists believe the potency of the honey bee bacteria has to do with its diverse composition.
As Dr. Tobias Olofsson explained in the University's release:
"Antibiotics are mostly one active substance, effective against only a narrow spectrum of bacteria, [whereas] these 13 lactic acid bacteria produce the right kind of antimicrobial compounds as needed, depending on the threat. It seems to have worked well for millions of years of protecting bees' health and honey against other harmful microorganisms."
Though no human trials have taken place at this time, researchers have tested the good-bacteria on the infected wounds of horses. In every case — ten total — the honey bee bacteria successfully treated the wound and allowed for complete healing.
In a way, this research is an extrapolation of what has been common knowledge across cultures the world-over for thousands of years.
Raw honey, a byproduct of regurgitated flower nectar from the stomach of the bee, has been used as a crude antibiotic for millennia, Among other things, it naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic compound widely used in modern medicine.
As one of the largest and oldest research universities in the world, Lund is no stranger to groundbreaking research in a variety of fields. It is directly tied to the development of the Echocardiogram, pacemaker and Bluetooth technology. However, the medical potential of this latest research may emerge as their greatest accomplishment yet.
Doctors plan on expanding the study in the coming months to test the clinical applicability of their findings.
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