April is National Frog Month, let’s celebrate frog mucus!

If you kiss a frog he might turn into a prince. If you lick a Colorado River toad, you’ll experience a psychedelic high. If you drop a Russian brown frog into a bucket of milk, it will stay fresh without refrigeration. All this, and a source for antibiotics! Now, new research indicates that peptides found in the mucus of certain frogs may be used to kill some influenza viruses. The peptides were collected from the skin secretions of 15 Hydrophylax bahuvistarta frogs and four of the 32 peptides the researchers screened had an impact against the flu virus. One of the four, urumin, was found to be non-toxic to humans and works by directly killing H1 viruses. Take THAT swine flu.

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