Next antibacterial line of defense? Russian frogs
Before the advent of refrigeration, Russians had a neat trick for keeping their milk from spoiling. They’d drop a live frog in the milk bucket.
The Russians weren’t sure how this amphibian dairy treatment worked, but they were convinced it did.
Since then, researchers have discovered that the goo some frogs secrete through their skin has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
One group of scientists led by a Russian chemist is trying to break down this frog goo at a molecular level. The researchers have found compounds they hope will lead to new medicines.