11 thoughts on “D51 – Becker

  1. How did your group get the idea to work with snail slime? Is there a certain kind of snail that you wanted to use?

    1. We were doing research on compounds that were centuries ago for medical treatments and wanted to see if any of them were actually effective. And we chose snail slime because it has promising compounds in it that have antimicrobial proteins.

      We did not have a specific snail in mind, but for future testing looking at different kinds of snails and comparing them would be neat!

  2. Amazing talk! Loved the idea of using snail slime. I was wondering whether or not you could take the principles learned for antibiotic resistance and was able to utilize a cocktail of antibiotics that may be able to curb resistance.

    1. Yes! That would definitely be possible, many doctors prescribe multiple antibiotics for severe infections. For my research, I could use snail slime from many different breeds of snails and use that to make a snail slime cocktail! It would be interesting to see if a cocktail of different slimes would be effective.

  3. The snail slime research is so interesting! Do you have any knowledge of the efficacy of snail slime skin care products? I have always been curious if it actually works. Also, how did you and your partners think of using snail slime?

    1. We chose snail slime because we were doing research on compounds that were centuries ago for medical treatments and wanted to see if any of them were actually effective. And we chose snail slime because it has promising compounds in it that have antimicrobial proteins.

      Snail slime in skin care products can help with hydration, improve skin texture and tone, and also help with scarring. There is research showing that it if effective when used in skin care! I personally have not used products that utilize snail slime, but I know that it is very popular in Korean Skin Care

    1. Hi!

      to make it a useable drug, it would have to go through years and years of clinical trials and at the moment it is not a viable candidate for I think that taking the individual compounds found in snail slime and using those to test for antibiotic would be the best strategy instead of making snail slime a drug. Isolating the compounds in snail slime would make it easier to research and would provide more clear and direct results.

  4. Do you think the type of snail determines if the mucus will have antibiotic properties or do all snails produce mucus with antibiotic properties?

    1. Yes! I think that the type of snails would affect the antibacterial properties. I do not know for sure, but I would think that there would be slight changes in the chemical makeup of slime between types of snail. I did not do much research on the difference in slimes between snails but that would perfect for future testing!

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