Life threatening bacteria are causing cancerous diseases on a daily basis, and newly found viruses are clawing their way into our innocent little bodies, trying to harm us at any cost. And who knew the cure lies just beneath (I mean ‘in’) our noses as researchers say our noses have antibiotics hidden inside it. All those babies who were busy trying to find answers to life’s most challenging questions in their booger infested noses, turns out they might have been onto something after all.
Buried deep within our snouts, researchers have discovered an antibiotic producing bacteria which may be helpful in slaying nasal infections such as those caused by MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus).
The name of this gem of a germ, discovered by Bernhard Krismer, a bacteriologist at the University of Tubingen in Germany, is S Lugdunensis. In order to unlock the secrets held deep within this bacteria, which clearly pushed back S Aureus when the two shared a petri dish, Krismer and his colleagues made mutant versions of this bacteria.
With the help of genetic engineering, the scientists were able to manufacture an S Lugdunensis strain, a chemical that, according to intensive lab testing, was successful in slaughtering S Aureus and other drug resistant pathogens such as Enterococcus.
When researchers put Lugdunin (previously called ‘S Lugdunensis’) on the wounded backs of shaved mice, Lugdunin was successful in killing off S Aureus, preventing it from causing a deadly infection.
Based on this experiment and many others, scientists are optimistic that this genetically modified bacteria can be used as a probiotic. About 30% of the population carries S Aureus up their noses and if they purposely pump Lugdunin, they can prevent deadly forms of infections from taking action in their bodies.