I love it when science and myth have one of those wacky intersections. Who said ‘you know all those stories about dragons’ blood? Maybe we should check that out? Let’s write a grant!’
National Geographic Education Blog
Mythology is rich with tales of dragons and the magical properties of their blood. Well, a new study indicates that the blood of the Komodo dragon is, in fact, loaded with proteins that could be used as antibiotics. Giant dragon versus superbug. (The Economist)
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Komodo dragons are the largest lizards on Earth, reaching lengths of 3 meters (10 feet) and weighing up to 70 kilograms (150 pounds).
Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner, National Geographic
- New research on properties of Komodo dragon blood was published in The Journal of Proteome Research. What is a proteome and why is it being researched?
- A proteome is the entire set of proteins expressed by a genome. In fact, proteome is a portmanteau—a word made by combining parts of…
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