When it comes to finding novel chemical compounds that act as antibiotics, scientists have to look in increasingly unusual places. Like sloth hair. And now, according to this study, Tasmanian devil milk. Apparently, this milk contains a class of antimicrobial peptides called “cathelicidins” that can even kill the dreaded superbug MRSA. Tasmanian devil milkshake, anyone?
Cathelicidins in the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)
“Tasmanian devil joeys, like other marsupials, are born at a