1 Tahrcountry Musings: Frogs Gives Key to New Drugs

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Frogs Gives Key to New Drugs

A University of Adelaide team has discovered that the secretions of the dumpy tree frog are very effective at warding off mosquitoes. Mice given the secretions remained bite-free for four times longer. The secretions can also act as powerful painkillers and hallucinogens. The researchers say "The discovery highlights the potential of the unsung properties of amphibian skin. Details appear in the latest issue of Biology Letters journal

3 comments:

Nisha Raju said...

All the more reason for conserving our biodiversity

JLB said...

This sounds quite interesting and potentially helpful - but somehow it doesn't sound like good news for the frogs...

Prasanth Kodai said...

May be they could make drugs based on this chemical composition.