A compound found in the protective slime of an Indian frog blows apart flu viruses and might become a powerful new drug to treat influenza, researchers reported Tuesday.

The compound, a small structure called a peptide, cured mice of killer doses of human flu, the research team reported in the journal Immunity.

They hope to develop it and other compounds like it into antiviral drugs to treat people.

“This peptide kills the viruses. It kind of blows them up,” Joshy Jacob of Emory University, who led the study team, told NBC News.

And it seems harmless to healthy tissue. “There’s no collateral damage,” he said.

The team found the peptide in mucus taken from the skin of a frog species called Hydrophylax bahuvistara, found only recently in India.