Scientists achieve two big medical breakthroughs
There must be something in the water lately, with scientific advances in recent weeks that could bring about the end of hunger and illness. Maybe.
There is nothing worse than buying a fridge full of food only to find half your haul has rotted by the end of the week. It’s a waste of time, food and money. Until now. (Or maybe a few years' time when the stuff becomes available to consumers.)
Food could be made to last for years after scientists discovered a natural preservative capable of destroying a whole range of bad bacteria, including Ecoli. The natural preservative is called bisin and it’s actually produced by a harmless bacteria found in our gut.
Milk, sausages and even sandwiches could benefit from the new preservative and it could be in production within three years. It is the first naturally occurring agent identified to attack gram-negative bacteria such as Ecoli, salmonella and listeria.
But wait. There's more good news on the science front.
Scientists from the world famous MIT say that they’ve developed a new drug that looks like a viable weapon against the common cold as well as many other viruses.
The drug is called DARCO (Double-stranded RNA Activated Caspase Oligomerizer) and it attacks cells that have already been affected by a virus, without harming any healthy cells.
The drug, like the man himself, works in a mysterious way. DARCO attaches itself to an infected cell and then with its proteins, it basically persuades the infected cell to kill itself.
DARCO has even had a bout in the ring with the likes of the H1N1 swine flu virus and Dengue Fever, which up until now had no known cure, and has won.
The initial impressions of this drug are that we’ve finally found the superdrug to beat all superdrugs. Although we’ll have to wait until the people in the pharmaceutical industry give it the all-clear (and the multi-million-euro mark-up, of course).