Unbeknownst to many of us, an old Russian method of keeping milk from going sour involved placing a frog into the bucket of milk. You've got to wonder who came up with this idea, and how. Be that as it may, it was effective - and here comes the science:
MOSCOW, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- An old Russian way of keeping milk from going sour by putting a frog in the bucket of milk has led to the finding of new antibiotic substances, scientists say.
Organic chemist A.T. Lebedev of Moscow State University and colleagues have identified a number of potential new antibiotic compounds in the skin of the Russian Brown frog, a study published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Proteome Research reported.
Apparently, they've found some 21 previously unknown materials that exhibit strong antibiotic properties. No word as yet on whether any may be effective against MRSA and other resistant nasties.