Cockroach Brains May Hold New Antibiotics?

11/10/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cockroaches may make your skin crawl, but the insects--or, to be exact, their brains--could one day save your life.

That's because the central nervous systems of American cockroaches produce natural antibiotics that can kill off bacteria often deadly to humans, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and toxic strains of Escherichia coli, scientists said this week.