• Hannah Phillips

Platypuses Proving Their Purpose

The humble platypus has been apart of Australian culture for centuries, often being spotted in waterways and rivers from time to time.

New research into what the platypus produces, in terms of venom and milk, is proving to be quite beneficial in human health.

A new study conducted by the University of Adelaide, looking into platypus venom, has found that it could be used to treat type 2 diabetes in humans.

To find out more about the venom and health benefits associated, Sarah caught up with University of Adelaide's Professor Frank Grutzner on the Regional Roundup.

Not only is the venom full of health benefits for humans, but platypus milk could potentially save lives in the near future.

Putting aside the way in which the platypus young get milk from their mothers, the milk that they lick from their mothers contains a never before found protein.

This protein could go on to assist in many areas, Sarah spoke to Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University, Dr Julie Sharp to find out where it could go.