Gator blood: Could it be the miracle cure for AIDS?

Don't touch my blood buddy: Alligator blood has been found to be high in certain peptides that are great at killing viruses, including HIV.
Don't touch my blood buddy: Alligator blood has been found to be high in certain peptides that are great at killing viruses, including HIV.Courtesy Bill Swindaman
Have you ever wondered why you never see alligators in the waiting room at the clinic?

For one thing, alligators have really bad medical insurance. But the bigger reason they stay so healthy is in their blood. New research has shown that alligator blood can kill off 23 different strains of bacteria. In effect, the gators have antibiotics in their blood.

Researchers started looking into alligator blood after noticing that the creatures rarely get infections despite all the wounds they suffer in their violent lives.

Why does any of this matter to us? The discovery could have huge impacts for our health. For one thing, experiments have shown the alligator blood is able to destroy much of HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS.

More specifically, alligator blood (and the blood of many other reptiles) is high in peptides, which are fragments of proteins). Learning more about these peptides could lead to the creation of medicines we’d be able to use to fight off strong viruses like HIV.

The full details are available at this link.

Don’t worry. You won’t be getting any transfusions of alligator blood the next time you’re at the hospital. Researchers estimate that pills or creams with the peptides that are also present in alligator blood might be ready for the human marketplace within the next seven years.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

how is the blood a cure for AIDS

posted on Wed, 04/09/2008 - 8:26am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

There are components in the alligator's blood -- peptides -- that attack the virus that causes AIDS. If we can recreate those peptides in the form of medicine, we'll have a way to counteract the the impact the HIV and AIDS viruses work in human bodies.

posted on Wed, 04/09/2008 - 9:08am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Alligator blood is the cure because, the alligator has an immune system that is so healthy and strong, by mixing it with ours, their immune system will kill the virus known as HIV. Although, there are some components in their blood that is deadly to us, so just full out mixing alligator blood with our body is a bad idea, it must be "cleared of those components.

posted on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 8:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Wed, 04/09/2008 - 8:29am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

thats pretty intresting but not likely

posted on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 6:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

cool i say and averything i say is true so it is likley hahaha

posted on Sat, 04/12/2008 - 1:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why would anyone say "no it cant what are you thinking"

why cant it? what makes you the final word

on the subject, . soon humans will be designed with a perfect body.

you will be long dead before that happens though, lol, unless you believe

in animal/human hybrids, you will die before you have to,

it is likely, cloning is here, in 50 years we will have acheived

physical immortality through cloning and copying our 'selves'

into our cloned bodies.

posted on Sun, 04/13/2008 - 3:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

How did the researchers find out that "Gator" blood can cure aids? i mean how can gator blood cure aids?

posted on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 10:37am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Read the full story....all the details are there.

posted on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 10:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think you should be absolutly sure b4 posting stuff like that

posted on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 11:14am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes we can be absolutly sure about this b4 we post a comment!!!

posted on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 12:01pm
nelson.robin's picture
nelson.robin says:

omg thats the best news i've heard if they were to find the cures of HIV omg they would save so many lives.... i hope they find the cure i wish they would have found years and years back my grandma had AIDs so i hope they find the cure soon.....

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 10:06am
JARVIS's picture
JARVIS says:

I thought this article was cool. I really hope the find a cure for aids because it is tearing the globes population apart in certain areas.

posted on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 9:53am
infomatic's picture
infomatic says:

This has been on the horizon for a while now, they are using Crocodile Fat products in order to heal the skin. It was just by chance that I came across the website that has something called repcillin,

They have been farming crocodiles in africa for years, but they were not doing anything with the fat. Now it seems like the fat is like gold!!


posted on Sun, 06/01/2008 - 2:07pm
Amanda Hampton's picture

i love gators and french fried potates .........mmmhh

posted on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 7:52am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think this is the break though we needed to save thousands of millions from the deadly std, so i support it with full convidence,and mabey one day it can be cured like a common cold.

posted on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 7:47am
happy user's picture
happy user says:

Don't know about the blood, but the dr croc oil is amazing.
In South Africa its in all the pharmacies and has taken the country by storm

posted on Sun, 11/16/2008 - 1:22am
Shanterria's picture
Shanterria says:


posted on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 7:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think it is the best way to cure aids,because as what louisiana have said before,alligator's blood can cure or destroy almost 23 strains of bacteria. I hope,there are some people that can discover or invent that kind of medicine so other sick people will have the oportunity to live happy and will have a better future,and to give them hope to experience challenges in life,because life is what we make it,but other says life is destiny.Anyway life is life,so don't dare miss it!..charing!

posted on Tue, 01/06/2009 - 6:39am
nic's picture
nic says:

it is very interesting to know that alligator"s blood can destroy almost 23 strains of bacteria,so its cool.keep up the good work!.And because of that,you can give hope to those who need that medicine specially to the sick people. You can give them a better future.bwahahahahaha!!

posted on Tue, 01/06/2009 - 6:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think this is a great idea, because you give people who are infected with viruses that does not have a cure hope to one day be blessed to be cured and live a healthier normal life.

Keep up the good work, and God Bless!

And for people with negative comments on this accomplishment, see how it feels if you were the one living day by day with a virus with no cure, its very depressing. so stop the negativity and pray for God to bring for that miracle.

posted on Wed, 01/28/2009 - 6:53pm
rabies vaccine's picture

I didnt know that alligators blood can be an antibiotic. If so, is this advisable for humans to take the alligators blood? Thanks for the info!

posted on Mon, 11/29/2010 - 10:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

too bad aids is not a bacteria. But a virus! duh.

posted on Thu, 02/03/2011 - 4:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well this idea is pracitcal however the disadvantage is the disturbing of crocodile habitats and even lead in the deaths of crocodiles just to get a sample of blood so as to replicate the peptides in their blood for the sake of our lives.

posted on Thu, 10/20/2011 - 10:20pm
Le's picture
Le says:

Yeah ... Gator blood is 100% work , my friend had blood cancer and he was in hospital last 2 week ,4 docter give up and send him home ,he drink small cup of gator blood one a day ( for a chance of his life) now he really really ok and i have to say back to mormal
Thanks Gator

posted on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 9:11am
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luminesce says:

I'm curious, how can Gator blood can cure AIDS? jeunesse luminesce

posted on Sat, 09/21/2013 - 10:37pm

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