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Key to new antibiotics could be deep within isolated cave

Researchers discovered a remarkable prevalence of antibiotic resistance bacteria isolated from Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico, one of the deepest and largest caves in the world and a place isolated from human contact for more than four million years.
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Isolated for millions of years, cave bacteria resist modern antibiotics

Academics / General Science : Not Exactly Rocket Science (2 years ago)

The caverns of Lechuguilla Cave are some of the strangest on the planet. Its acid-carved passages extend for over 120 miles. They’re filled with a wonderland of straws, balloons, plates, stalactites of rust, and chandeliers of cryst... Read Post

Scripps Research Institute Chemists Modify Antibiotic to Vanquish Resistant Bacteria

Health : Newswise Medical News (yesterday)

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a new antibiotic based on vancomycin that is powerfully effective against vancomycin-resistant strains of MRSA and other disease-causing bacteria. Read Post

Antibiotic resistant bacteria discovered in isolated New Mexico cave

Technology / Gadgets : Gizmag (2 years ago)

Research into the growing emergence of drug-resistant bacteria, could be greatly assisted by the discovery of bacteria from deep within Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico. The previously unknown strains of bacteria, which have never bef... Read Post


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