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Platypus milk may help combat superbugs

The health body pleads for urgent action to avoid a "post-antibiotic era", where common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill

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Platypus milk can combat superbugs and save lives. IANS
Platypus milk can combat superbugs and save lives. IANS
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  • Platypus milk can save lives
  • It can combat superbugs
  • It is due to a protein present in their milk

A protein present in the milk of the platypus can potentially save thousands of lives by effectively killing superbugs that has become increasingly resistant to antibiotic drugs, researchers say.

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.

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Milk of Platypus can save millions of lives. IANS

“Platypus are such weird animals that it would make sense for them to have weird biochemistry,” said lead author Janet Newman, researcher at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Oganisation.

“The platypus belongs to the monotreme family, a small group of mammals that lay eggs and produce milk to feed their young. By taking a closer look at their milk, we’ve characterised a new protein that has unique antibacterial properties with the potential to save lives,” Newman added.

As platypus do not have teats, they express milk onto their belly for the young to suckle, exposing the mother’s highly nutritious milk to the environment and leaving babies susceptible to the perils of bacteria. Researchers believed that this might be the reason why the platypus milk contained a protein with rather unusual and protective anti-bacterial characteristics.

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The discovery, detailed in the journal Structural Biology Communications, was made by replicating a special protein contained in platypus milk in a laboratory setting. The results showed a unique 3-D fold with ringlet-like formation, dubbed as the “Shirley Temple”.

“Although we’ve identified this highly unusual protein as only existing in monotremes, this discovery increases our knowledge of protein structures in general, and will go on to inform other drug discovery work done at the Centre,” Newman said. Antibiotic resistance has posed global threat that requires action across all government sectors and society, according to the World Health Organisation.

The health body pleads for urgent action to avoid a “post-antibiotic era”, where common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill. IANS

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Eight Protein-rich Snacks to Eat

Huffingtonpost.com shares a list of high protein snacks you can easily fit into your busy routine:

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Women over 19 years need 46 grams of protein a day while 19 plus men need 56 grams of protein a day, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Huffingtonpost.com shares a list of high protein snacks you can easily fit into your busy routine:

* Cottage cheese: One cup of cottage cheese contains about 25 grams of protein.

* Tuna: One can of tuna can have as much as 25 grams of protein.

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* Pumpkin seeds: A half cup of pumpkin seeds could contain as much as 14 grams of protein.

* Chocolate milk: A glass of chocolate milk can have between eight and 11 grams of protein.

Chocolate Milk is one of the finest source of Protein
Chocolate Milk is one of the finest source of Protein. Pixabay

* Hard boiled eggs: One hard boiled egg provides roughly six grams of protein.

* Almonds: You can get 6.4 grams of protein from 25 raw almonds.

* Oatmeal: A serving of oatmeal can have as much as five grams of protein.

* Peanut butter: A tablespoon of peanut butter contains about four grams of protein. (Bollywood Country)

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