iOS app Android app More

Cockroach Brains May Hold New Antibiotics?

First Posted: 11/10/10 05:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:35 PM ET


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.

Read the whole story:


Filed by Katherine Goldstein  |