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Panda Blood Compound 6x More Powerful Than Current Antibiotics
DVICE ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | Evan Ackerman

Posted on 01/01/2013 1:54:41 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Panda Cub from Wolong, Sichuan, China

Panda blood compound 6x more powerful than current antibiotics

In what could be either very good news or very bad news for our fluffy black and white friends, it's been discovered that panda blood contains an antibiotic compound that's vastly more powerful than anything we've got right now.

Researchers at the Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University in China have extracted a compound called cathelicidin-AM from the blood of giant pandas. Cathelicidin-AM is what's called a gene-encoded antimicrobial peptide, a natural antibiotic that's produced by a panda's immune cells. Testing has shown that cathelicidin-AM can kill even drug resistant strains of bacteria and fungi, and it can do in one hour what conventional antibiotics can barely do in six, without causing nearly as much resistance.

Cathelicidin-AM could get turned into a drug, or it could get turned into a surface sanitizier. Either way, the researchers say that they're not done with the panda genome yet, and other secret drugs may be awaiting discovery, like whatever it is that makes pandas have a non-stop craving for bamboo.

As far as the pandas themselves go, here's the good news: the fact that panda blood is now useful for humans means that pandas themselves are useful for humans for things besides modeling for WWF logos and stuffed animals, and the hope is that it'll make it easier to keep them from going extinct.

And here's the bad news: this stuff comes from the blood of pandas, so getting it out involves stabbing a panda and sucking out some of its juices. My guess is that pandas don't like this very much. It's a good thing that scientists have just about figured out how to synthesize cathelicin-AM, because otherwise, we're in for some very sad pandas.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: antibiotics; antibodies; china; medicine; panda; pandablood; pandas; weirdscience
Delicious Baby Pandas gif

I've been fighting off this cold virus ... so my doctor just told me to take three baby pandas and to call back in the morning.

1 posted on 01/01/2013 1:54:52 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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More news coverage ...

Panda Blood May Hold Potent Assailant Against Superbugs

- Researchers have discovered a powerful antibody in panda blood that could serve as the next frontier in the fight against increasingly prevalent superbugs

Read more at: http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/13712/20121231/panda-blood-hold-potent-assailant-against-superbugs.htm#bpQFySfTHgUk4Hje.99


2 posted on 01/01/2013 1:56:25 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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This news should give all pandas a reprieve that they must die by the edicts of Corky & The Juice Pigs ...

“The Pandas Must Die” @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANg7iPu9DAg


3 posted on 01/01/2013 1:58:32 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
K. You caught me without a recipe. I'll assume that panda can be cooked like regular bear. Back in a bit with a recipe.

/johnny

4 posted on 01/01/2013 2:03:35 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping


5 posted on 01/01/2013 2:06:06 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks DogByte6RER. Pingin' some extra people, seems like I've forgotten somebody, I wonder if this new antibiotic is good for CRS?
Cathelicidin-AM is what's called a gene-encoded antimicrobial peptide, a natural antibiotic that's produced by a panda's immune cells. Testing has shown that cathelicidin-AM can kill even drug resistant strains of bacteria and fungi, and it can do in one hour what conventional antibiotics can barely do in six, without causing nearly as much resistance.
Only Nixon could go to China. Nyah nyah.


6 posted on 01/01/2013 2:15:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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7 posted on 01/01/2013 2:16:40 PM PST by EEGator
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To: DogByte6RER
Panda Blood -- 6X More Powerful
8 posted on 01/01/2013 2:19:21 PM PST by mikrofon (Type K-F)
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To: EEGator

Bookmark


9 posted on 01/01/2013 2:21:08 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: DogByte6RER

Maybe this helps explain why so many Panda pregnancies end in miscarriages. In humans, some females’ immune systems attack the fetus, and they require a “Rogam” shot to counteract this. Could be a similar process at work in the Panda female?


10 posted on 01/01/2013 2:21:26 PM PST by montag813
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I’m guessing this means that the pharmaceuticls will come out with Save the Pandas commercials and they will forced to breed like rats. I guess now we know how to save endangered species. “Did ya hear about African Lion blood causing wounds to heal 10 times as fast?”...lol


11 posted on 01/01/2013 2:22:14 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: DogByte6RER

Panda: It’s what’s for dinner!


12 posted on 01/01/2013 2:23:26 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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13 posted on 01/01/2013 2:28:41 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: DogByte6RER; neverdem
If I eat food at the Panda Express will I get some of this good stuff?
14 posted on 01/01/2013 2:36:44 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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Best post ever!


15 posted on 01/01/2013 2:38:15 PM PST by Mobilemitter (We must learn to fin >-)> for ourselves.........)
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To: DogByte6RER

Eat more panda.


16 posted on 01/01/2013 2:42:27 PM PST by 353FMG
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What about vulture blood, crocodile blood, komodo dragon blood. They eat anything and survive. Blood hasta count for sumpin.


17 posted on 01/01/2013 2:47:37 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: DogByte6RER

What’s next? Will the scientists discover that ground up “dragon bones” really do cure impotence?


18 posted on 01/01/2013 2:49:51 PM PST by Boogieman
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Baby Panda Loves ball
19 posted on 01/01/2013 3:00:01 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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there’s a temporary fix for it already... a little blue pill.


20 posted on 01/01/2013 3:00:34 PM PST by VAFreedom (maybe i should take a nap before work)
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To: DogByte6RER

Winning


21 posted on 01/01/2013 3:07:51 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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Winning


22 posted on 01/01/2013 3:07:51 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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Winning


23 posted on 01/01/2013 3:07:51 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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Winning


24 posted on 01/01/2013 3:07:51 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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Winning


25 posted on 01/01/2013 3:08:05 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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Winning


26 posted on 01/01/2013 3:08:13 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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The Place for Conservatives

Happy New Year!!

27 posted on 01/01/2013 3:20:35 PM PST by RedMDer (Those that believe in gun free zones should post gun free zone signs on their property and persons.)
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Cathelicidin-related antimicrobial peptides are a family of polypeptides found inlysosomes of macrophages and polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs).[1]Cathelicidins serve a critical role in mammalian innate immune defense against invasive bacterial infection.[
28 posted on 01/01/2013 3:44:58 PM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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A panda bear with god news to share.


29 posted on 01/01/2013 4:23:05 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: DogByte6RER
From the article:

As far as the pandas themselves go, here's the good news: the fact that panda blood is now useful for humans means that pandas themselves are useful for humans for things besides modeling for WWF logos and stuffed animals, and the hope is that it'll make it easier to keep them from going extinct.

I was always confused as to why they changed the name of the Worldwide Wrestling Federation (WWF) to WWE.

30 posted on 01/01/2013 4:32:36 PM PST by Blue Highway
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WWF
31 posted on 01/01/2013 4:54:47 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: publius911

BOOKbump


32 posted on 01/02/2013 12:16:24 AM PST by S.O.S121.500 (That Queer Kenyan muzzy bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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