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Isolated for millions of years, cave bacteria resist modern antibiotics

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 crystal. Parts of Lechuguilla have been cut off from the surface for four to seven million years, and the [...]
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Antibiotic resistance enzyme caught in the act

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (9 months ago)

Resistance to an entire class of antibiotics – aminoglycosides -- has the potential to spread to many types of bacteria, according to new biochemistry research. A mobile gene called NpmA was discovered in E. coli bacteria isolated f... Read Post

The world's most isolated cave is home to 4 million year old "superbugs" [Biology]

Genres / Sci Fi : io9 (3 years ago)

Lechuguilla Cave has been completely isolated from the outside world for over four million years, making it one of the world's most pristine ecosystems. And yet it's full of bacteria that are resistant to modern antibiotics. This is... Read Post

Key to new antibiotics could be deep within isolated cave

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (3 years ago)

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 f... Read Post


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