Monday nite Tull


Research breakthrough for fighting superbugs

Kudos and props to the research team at The University of British Columbia and Inimex Pharmaceuticals with the announcement of a stunning new breakthrough in the ongoing struggle against drug-resistant bacteria. Principal investigator Robert Hancock commented, “Antibiotics are now under threat because of the explosion in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A third of all deaths on this planet are the result of infection so there is an urgent need to create new therapies.”

The new therapy? Instead of having an antibiotic which acts directly on the bacteria, the researchers have identified a peptide that can fight infection by boosting the body’s own immune system.

The team found that a peptide, or chain of amino acids, they have dubbed innate defense regulator peptide (IDR-1), can increase innate immunity without triggering harmful inflammation, and offer protection both before and after infection is present.

The discovery, in animal models, will be published March 25 in the journal Nature Biotechnology

“We now have a powerful new tool that will allow us to stop infection before it starts — it’s a new concept in treating infection,” says Hancock….

Researchers expect it will be about 12-15 months before the discovery is introduced into human clinical trials.


Doing the Crocodile Rock

JERUSALEM (AP) – A woman with three crocodiles strapped to her waist was stopped at the Gaza-Egypt border crossing after guards noticed that she looked “strangely fat,” officials said Monday.

The woman’s shape raised suspicions at the Rafah terminal in southern Gaza, and a body search by a female border guard turned up the animals, each about 20 inches long, concealed underneath her loose robe, according to Maria Telleria, spokeswoman for the European observers who run the crossing.

“The woman looked strangely fat. Even though she was veiled and covered, even with so many clothes on there was something strange,” Telleria said.

The incident, which took place on Thursday, sparked panic at the crossing.

“The policewoman screamed and ran out of the room, and then women began screaming and panicking when they heard,” Telleria said. But when the hysteria died down, she said, “everybody was admiring a woman who is able to tie crocodiles to her body.”

In her defense, the woman said she “was asked” to carry the crocodiles, said Wael Dahab, a spokesman for the Palestinian guards at the crossing.


Hehehe, it’s ok — they weren’t really her crocodiles. She was just holding on to them for somebody else.

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