Fish Slime Helps in Next Generation Antibiotic Research

April 4, 2019 By: Erin Block

The next generation of antibiotics may be developed from research based on slimy mucus coating on fish skin. “The slimy mucus that coats fishes acts as a protective coating,” explains Sandra Loesgen. “Researchers speculate that there is also a chemical component produced by the fish’s microbiome that helps ward off infection.” Research being done at Oregon State University suggests that “the microbes associated with fish produce a broad array of diverse and complex chemicals and are an excellent source for drug discovery efforts.” Via The Conversation.