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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.