A new study found that Komodo Dragon blood has an important compound that scientists think could provide a new treatment for infected wounds. The Komodo’s saliva contains various types of bacteria – more than 80 in fact – that it has immunity to.
Based on a molecule in the dragon’s blood, scientists at George Mason University created a synthetic compound to test on mice and found that it promoted the healing of infected wounds. The study suggests that it could potentially be developed into an antibiotic.
Komodo Dragons are found on 5 islands in Indonesia and based on their blood, a team of scientists came up with DRGN-1. Sidebar, can you imagine going to your doctor to get a shot of what looks to be pronounced as “dragon one”? That’s amazing – I would feel like I was getting superpowers.
Anywho, DRGN-1 tested well on infected wounds in mice against 2 particularly stubborn bacterial strains, known as “superbugs”. DRGN-1 is suggested to not only assist the healing of wounds through antimicrobial activity, but also by promoting the migration of skin cells to close the wound…uhm, X-Men much?
So look forward to the healing capabilities of dragon blood in the future. Also, what dummy didn’t think of dragon blood as a magical healing tool before?? That’s basically common knowledge.