Science Blast! Dragon Breeding!

As our own Corey McCleery put it: “YES!!! My dream job of dragon breeding and dragon husbandry is now economically viable! Muahahahaha!”

Surely either Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight or Jack Vance’s The Dragon Masters awaits us now.

The Blood of Komodo Dragons Could Help Us to Slay Antibiotic Resistance

The hidden power of dragons’ blood.

Protein fragments in the blood of Komodo dragons have antimicrobial properties that help them resist toxic bacteria, and they could be used to develop new drugs to counter antibiotic resistance, researchers have found.

The Komodo dragon is the world’s largest lizard, growing up to 3 metres (9.8 feet) in length and weighing up to 70 kilograms (154 lbs). It lives on five small islands in Indonesia, where its massive size and sharp teeth enable it to feast on prey as large as water buffalo – but there’s another, less obvious reason why you definitely don’t want to get bitten by one.

Previous research has found that the mouths of Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) contain up to 57 kinds of dangerous bacteria.

It’s not entirely clear, where this bacteria come from. More recently, scientists have suggested that it stems from Komodo dragons drinking from sewage-contaminated water sources.

Now researchers have figured out how these lizards became resistant to having such deadly bugs in their mouths.

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