Muskrat Feces Contains Bacteria Killer and Insecticide

 - Nov 19, 2008
References: & newscientist
The feces of muskrats, semi-aquatic rodents native to North America, has been found to contain a powerful antibiotic that kills the food-poisoning Salmonella and Vibio bacteria.

Researchers at Pusan National University in South Korea also found that the substance can also act against Staphylococcus aureus, which causes many opportunistic infections. The scientists even found it effective against termites which will interest those who wish to avoid chemical based insect control. They have since patented their discoveries.

Muskrats are already prized for their musk used in products such as perfumes and cosmetics so this discovery will make them even more valuable.