New hope in superbug fight: Tasmanian devil milk

Tasmanian devils may hold the key to fighting human superbugs.

Story highlights

  • Peptides in Tasmanian devil milk killed human pathogens that are antibiotic-resistant
  • More research will look at the milk of other marsupials

(CNN)Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck's occasional enemy, the voracious Tasmanian devil, may pose a threat to something we'd actually like to see disappear from this planet: the superbug.

Researchers in Australia have suspected that Tasmanian devils and other marsupials carry particularly powerful chemicals in their bodies to help their young grow.
Marsupials are those mammals that are born incredibly early in their development and grow into the furry creatures you'd recognize only after spending a couple months suckling inside their mothers' pouches; think kangaroos and opossums.