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Sunday Magazine :Medieval potion kills modern-day superbugs

Medieval potion kills modern-day superbugs.



A medieval recipe found in a 1,000-year-old book can kill antibiotic-resistant superbugs that are hard to treat with modern medicine.
A recipe for the potion, originally an eye salve, was found in Bald's Leechbok, a 10th-century book of Anglo-Saxon medical advice and recipes for medicines, salves and treatments found in the British Library.
The recipe contains:
  • Garlic.
  • Onion or leek.
  • Wine.
  • Oxgall, bile from a cow's stomach.
When tested in mice on wounds infected with methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA), it performed at least as well as conventional antibiotics, reported scientists at the Annual Conference of the Society for General Microbiology this week in the United Kingdom.
"We were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was," Freya Harrison, the University of Nottingham microbiologist who led the study, said in a statement.
The idea of testing the remedy came from historian Christina Lee, who knows Harrison through a book club at the university at which members read at old Anglo-Saxon textbooks together, said Steve Diggle. Diggle, an associate professor of microbiology, runs the lab where Harrison does her postdoctoral research.
The remedy proved effective at killing bacteria in a test tube, so the researchers decided to try it on MRSA biofilms –  tightly packed, sticky coatings of bacteria found all over surfaces in places like hospitals.
"The problem with biofilms is they're very, very resistant to antibiotics,"
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