Your Boogers May Hold A Life-Saving Antibiotic

Wait… Did you just say that my boogers can produce an antibiotic?! Yes, folks, you heard right. Scientists have recently discovered that the bacteria in your boogers kill off MRSA and other deadly germs.

The newly discovered antibiotic in your boogers can kill off Staphylococcus aureus strains. These include MRSA and other “drug-resistant foes.” Scientists are still unclear on how this compound can fight and treat infections. It is said that it can be helpful in clearing out S. aureus from the nose before it forms into an infection. Who would have ever thought something as gross as boogers can help us fight off infections?

“Nobody has found something like this before… a huge impact on the composition of the microbiota,” Krismer Bernhard, a lead scientist of the research and bacteriologist said in the press conference.

The Low-Down

During the study, Krismer and colleagues filtered through all of the of the items that make up a human nose and grew them in “the presence of S. aureus.” That’s when they discovered S. lugdunensis. The S. lugdunesnis treated the S. aureus placed in a petri dish.

They discovered that S. lugdunensis was making something that pushed back S. aureus. To figure out what it was, the researchers made a pile of mutant versions of S.lugdunensis. After examining all the mutants, they found one that could no longer fight off S. aureus. This led them to a group of broken genes that looked a little like an antibiotic-encoding cluster. Researchers on the project created a S. lugdunensis strain which was mass-produced in whatever that group of genes held the blueprints for. As a result, they had discovered Lugdunin.

What Make Lugdunin Special?

Lugdunin has a chemical structure like no other. It had an unusual cyclic peptide that includes five amino acids! Researchers have never seen anything like this. The chemical passed lab tests at killing off S. aureus and other drug-resistant human pathogens.

Scientists say the study suggests that the microbiomes (the microbes that share our bodies with us) may be the discovery of new antibiotics. Philip Strandwitz and Kim Lewis of Northeastern University tells us that they “might serve as drug-discovery leads.” For those who used to eat your boogers, or probably still do, it may not be such a bad thing after all!

Source: Ars Technica