A chance discussion about shark attacks on dolphins, in a Scottish pub, has led to the discovery of the amazing regenerative abilities of a natural antibiotic called MSI-1436.
Tissue regeneration abilities of natural antibiotic, MSI-1436
The ability of dolphins to apparently regenerate tissue after suffering massive wounds from shark attacks, has led scientists Kevin Strange and Viravuth Yin to use this natural compound found in certain animals’ skin to regenerate not only Zebra fish tail fins and heart muscle, but also heart muscle in mice after heart attacks.
The fact that MSI-1436 has the same effect on two animals so far apart on the evolutionary development pathway, bodes well for its effect on humans.
MSI-1436 human trials on the horizon
Amazingly, the compound has already been tested and found safe to use on humans during previous trials where it was considered as a possible Diabetics and anti obesity drug. This will speed up approval for human trials, which may lead to new therapies in medicine.
Any positive effect on human tissue regeneration could have profound implications for medicine, especially considering the limited success of stem cell therapy.
For further reading see SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN APRIL 2019 Volume 320, no 4.