LONDON - JULY 12: Raja the Komodo dragon, the latest addition to London Zoo as part of an international conservation programme, is seen on June 12, 2004 at London zoo in London. Visitors can come face to face with London Zoo's 2.2 metre long male as he prowls his new state-of -the-art dragon's lair complete with a gory replica of his prey in the form of a model of a deer carcass. (Photo by Steve Finn/Getty Images)

Leapin’ lizards — Komodo dragon blood could save lives!
Researchers at George Mason University created a synthetic version of an antimicrobial compound using a substance in the giant Indonesian lizard’s blood, which appeared to help wounds heal faster and kill a type of bacteria often found in infections, according to a new study.
The researchers tested their concoction on mice with skin lesions and found their wounds healed far faster than rodents treated with existing means or just left to fester, according to the study, published in the journal Biofilms and Microbiomes.
The discovery could eventually lead to the development of a new type of antibiotic, the scientists said.
Around 23,000 American die every year due to antibiotic-resistant infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Komodo dragons — the world’s largest lizards which can grow to 10-feet in length– carry deadly bacteria in their saliva, which they use to poison their dinner …