Research shows milk from devils could kill superbugs and combat the facial tumour that has killed 80% of their population Milk from Tasmanian devils could kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria like golden staph and potentially combat the deadly facial tumour disease that has killed 80% of the wild devil population in the past 20 years. According to research led by Sydney University PhD student Emma Peel, milk produced by the marsupials contains antimicrobial peptides called cathelicidins which had been tested as being effective against a number of pathogens, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or golden staph.
Researchers have identified compounds in the animal's milk that could help fight deadly bacteria
Because devil babies are born so young, their mother’s milk is spiked with powerful antibiotics.
Studies have found that peptides in the marsupial's milk killed antibiotic-resistant bacteria.