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Here is a little editorial a whipped up in lieu of a Website Spotlight. Enjoy!
Australian scientists have been taking blood samples from crocodiles. The process involved capturing wild crocodiles. The scientists would then strap down the crocodiles’ huge jaws. They would then extract blood from a huge vein on top the of the crocodiles’ head, which is called a sinus. As a result of this study, they found that crocodiles had a far more advanced immune system than that of humans. The reason for crocodiles’ more advanced immune system is related to their habitat and lifestyle. They are very aggressive creatures and sometimes tear limbs off of each other. When living in swampy environments, crocodiles are exposed to many harmful antibodies. Over time, crocodiles adapted to their environments and developed a much more advanced immune system. Basically, crocodiles are constantly exposed to dangerous bacteria. Australian scientists described it as shooting bacteria in the head and killing it on the spot. Scientists have even gone so far as to mix the crocodile serum with the HIV virus. If you compared the reaction of the HIV virus mixed with a human immune sample to that of a crocodile immune sample, the crocodile’s positive reaction would be almost instantaneous.
I believe this is a great advance in the medical field. Imagine having a cure for HIV with this newfound information. Possibly it could cure something less severe than HIV. It would be great to see a more powerful antibiotic than the standard penicillin. In fact, the crocodile blood killed some proteins that are resistant to the standard penicillin. I hope scientists find a way to utilize the crocodile blood and not have to kill a lot of crocodiles. I believe that would be an unfair tradeoff for the crocodiles. For this research they are performing now, you don’t need to kill a crocodile. However, if this method gets mass produced, the amount of blood needed would kill a lot of crocodiles. Before they even put a crocodile antibiotic out there, they need to find a way to synthesize the crocodile blood. All in all, I consider this to be one of the most interesting advances made in medical science. It will be interesting to see how this project develops over the next 2 to 3 years. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a newer, more powerful antibiotic.
You may have noticed, I have completely overhauled my blog. I have put up a cleaner design, added site feeds, and put more news options via digg. Expect a new Website Spotlight tomorrow (I am aiming for every Thursday). I would also expect a few more editorials in the next few days. One of which is a weekly science report I have to do. Expect that, well, weekly! Also, you may have noticed I started a Flickr account. I will be uploading personal pics and camera phone pics in my new Photo Blog. This is a very exciting time for me and I am getting very serious with my blog, internet presence.