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Vicious Carnivore may be a Wounded Solider's Best Friend

Imagine if the secret to healing wounds could be found in the blood of a Komodo dragon. Mason researchers didn’t imagine it, they discovered it. Microbiologist Monique van Hoek and chemistry professor Barney Bishop have devised a quicker way to heal wounds by using the germ-fighting abilities of Komodo dragon blood. The research initially was designed to help soldiers recover more quickly and protect them from bacterial bioweapons. It could eventually also be available in bandages sold at corner drug stores to help heal everyday cuts and scrapes.