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Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 1:28 pm    Post subject: MRSA  Reply with quote    

Isn't nature brilliant!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4579207.stm

sean
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Difficult to forage for I would have thought.

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I though about putting it in 'Fishing' but you'd either need a very fine mesh net, or a tiny, tiny hook.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


cab



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hard to find that one, but the bacteria that produce most of the known antibiotics, the actinomycetes (of which this bacterium is a member) are amazingly abundant in soil. You know the smell of wet soil? That's actinomycetes you're smelling.

For more info on the new antibiotic (which, to the best of my knowledge is years away from application, if it makes it that far), a good place to start is here:
http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/suessmuth/research3.html

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cab wrote:
Hard to find that one, but the bacteria that produce most of the known antibiotics, the actinomycetes (of which this bacterium is a member) are amazingly abundant in soil. ...


So what you're saying, basically, is - eat dirt, it's good for you.

cab



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Northern_Lad wrote:

So what you're saying, basically, is - eat dirt, it's good for you.


That would be a BIT of a stretch

The history of antibiotics fascinates me, so don't go there, I'll bore the crap out of everyon else

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cab wrote:
... I'll bore the crap out of everyon else


So nothing new there then...

I just like the way nature balences itself out; now, if only there was an anti-human to balance us out...

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nature is indeed wonderful, Life will find a way in most places look at the bacteria which survivie on hyrdothermal vents or in antarctica

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bagpuss wrote:
...look at the bacteria which survivie on hyrdothermal vents or in antarctica


Go on then; I'm after you with the microscope.

cab



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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Northern_Lad wrote:

I just like the way nature balences itself out; now, if only there was an anti-human to balance us out...


That's one way of looking at it, on the other hand there are literally THOUSANDS of antimicrobial compounds out ther, if not MILLIONS, and most of them are, from our point of view, entirely useless. It's an odd kind of balance, if indeed it is balanced at all.

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