Location = Providence, RI
have long been regarded as an unwanted pest but in fact they could hold the secret to treating the most resilient of super bugs
, scientists have said.
Tests have found tissue from the brains and nervous systems of the insects
can kill off more than 90% of MRSA and E.coli infections without harming human cells.
Until now, cockroaches have been seen as a health hazard, often found in dank, dingy, and unsanitary areas. But Simon Lee, a postgraduate researcher at the University of Nottingham, says they hold powerful antibiotic properties after discovering nine different molecules in their tissues which are toxic to bacteria.