Researchers find 1,000 year old potion to kill superbug MRSA

Published On April 1, 2015 | By Keri | Middays

What?  No ‘eye of newt’?

Scientists have found that a centuries old salve has “massive, massive killing ability” against a superbug.

According to new research, a thousand year old Anglo-Saxon potion for eye infections may be just the thing to wipe out the current superbug, MRSA.

The recipe for ‘eyesalve’ was found in a leather-bound book at the British Library. It was included in one of the earliest known medical textbooks, ‘Bald’s Leechbook’.

An expert on all things Anglo- Saxon translated the details, and with the help of microbiologists, duplicated the remedy as best they could.

They then tested it on cultures of MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph bacterium that kills more than 5,000 people a year in the US and has not yet responded to commonly used antibiotics.

The result was astonishing.

“What we found was very interesting — we found that Bald’s eyesalve is incredibly potent as an anti-Staphylococcal antibiotic in this context,” microbiologist Freya Harrison said.

“We were going from a mature, established population of a few billion cells, all stuck together in this highly protected biofilm coat, to really just a few thousand cells left alive. This is a massive, massive killing ability.”



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