The song is Muskrat Love, but muskrat poop may treat food poisoning

The first LP I bought for myself as a teenager was Led Zepplin IV, a few years after it came out. My parents were fans of the Captain and Tennille.

I still have a number of bad songs I can recite verbatim from exposure as a kid: Petulia Clark’s Downtown, Burt Bacharach’s Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, and the Captain and Tennille’s Muskrat Love.

So I was filled with nostalgia today when Ki Keun Kim and colleagues at Pusan National University, South Korea, discovered that muskrat poop contains a potent antibiotic that can kill both Salmonella and Vibrio, common bacterial causes of foodborne illness.

Maybe the scientists were inspired by bad 1970s music.

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