Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found in Untouched Cave (page 2)

Caves in New Mexico offer their visitors breath-taking views, lessons about Earth's history, and plenty of jealousy-inducing photographs. But now team of microbiologists who recently visited the Lechuguilla cave systems found an even better souvenir to take home: Ancient bacteria with the power to fight off modern antibiotic drugs. 1,600 feet below the surface of the Earth, these bacteria lined the walls of the Lechuguilla cave, yet to be touched or discovered by humans or their drugs. These bacteria, while resistant to antibiotics, aren't infectious to humans. Their benefit to us, however, will be in their study. As these bacteria are able to resist new synthetic drugs, scientists will be able to study how bacteria withstand such medications, thereby creating better, more potent drugs. Speaking with National Geographic reporter Dave Mosher, study leader and chemical biologist at McMaster University in Ontario said, "Clinical microbiologists have been perplexed for the longest time. When you bring a new antib

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found in Untouched Cave

Researchers are closer to understanding the origins of antibiotic resistance having found antibiotic resistant bacteria deep in one of the world?s largest and unspoiled underground caves.

Thu 12 Apr 12 from Laboratory Equipment

Ancient Cave Bacteria Could Produce Better Drugs

Caves in New Mexico offer their visitors breath-taking views, lessons about Earth's history, and plenty of jealousy-inducing photographs. But now team of microbiologists who recently visited ...

Thu 12 Apr 12 from RedOrbit

Key to new antibiotics?

McMaster University and University of Akron researchers are leading the way in understanding the origins of antibiotic resistance, a global challenge that is creating a serious threat to the ...

Thu 12 Apr 12 from Labspaces.net

Key to New Antibiotics?, Wed 11 Apr 12 from Newswise

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 ...

Wed 11 Apr 12 from ScienceDaily

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