POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 12:33pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 12:44pm
Houston (The Houston Chronicle) — You could say Mark Merchant has alligators in his blood.
Before he was a biochemistry professor at McNeese State University studying the antibiotic properties of alligator blood, Merchant was just another Southeast Texas kid fishing with his grandpa on the bayous.
The Nederland man remembers once seeing a huge old alligator that had lost a leg at some point but had healed and gone on to thrive in the bacteria-rich swampland
But if Merchant so much as scratched his arm in that water, he knew it was likely to get infected.
That told Merchant there was something special about alligators.
He tucked it away in his mind, where it later spawned the idea of using gators to create drugs that would combat infections, particularly those that have become resistant to antibiotics.
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