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The primary component in giant panda blood is called cathelicidin-AM. It was found after analyzing the panda's DNA. This compound kills bacteria in less than an hour. Other well known antibiotics take more than six hours to tackle the same job.
Xiuwen Yan, who led the research at the Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University in China, told the London Telegraph: "It showed potential antimicrobial activities against wide spectrum of microorganisms including bacteria and fungi, both standard and drug-resistant strains." Yan continued, "Under the pressure of increasing microorganisms with drug resistance against conventional antibiotics, there is urgent need to develop new type of antimicrobial agents. Gene-encoded antimicrobial peptides play an important role in innate immunity against noxious microorganisms. They cause much less drug resistance of microbes than conventional antibiotics."
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Thankfully, the scientists have come up with a way to reproduce the compound in the lab, so no Giant Pandas are harmed in the making of the new potential drug.