Antibiotics

New research finds big health benefits in tiny Trinidad frog

A new study has found that foam made by tiny Trinidadian frogs could be used to deliver antibiotics and prevent infections.

The research was unveiled by Strathclyde University (U.K.) scientists Dr. Paul Hoskisson and Sarah Brozio at the Microbiology Society's Annual Conference in Liverpool.

Tungara frogs or Engystomops pustulosus from Trinidad measure less than five centimeters in length.

After mating, the miniscule amphibians produce a floating foam nest. These resistant bio-foams protect the spawn from harsh weather, predators and potential pathogens.