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Dragon blood may help wounds heal faster

A Komodo dragon-inspired compound slays tough bacterial infections in mice
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A bacteria-fighting compound, based on a molecule from Komodo dragon blood, helped wounds heal faster in mice.

In some myths, dragon's blood is a toxic, vile substance. In others, it has magical properties, curing disease and making ordinary mortals invincible. When it comes to the blood of real-life Komodo dragons, both perspectives may contain a kernel of truth.

According to a paper published today in Biofilms and Microbiomes, a peptide that mimics a molecule found

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