4 million year old superbug in a cave in New Mexico

by schnell 4 Replies latest social current

  • schnell


    This is pretty fascinating. Paenibacillum is not pathogenic, but is absolutely battle-hardened as far as bacteria go, having spent 4 million years in a 1600' deep cave that takes 10,000 years to get water from the surface and NEVER sees sunlight.

  • smiddy

    It sounds like the mentality of a die -hard Jehovahs Witness ...............Sorry I couldnt help myself,

    JW`s claim they see the light getting brighter and brighter ,bacteria seems to be way ahead of them.

    Will have a more serious look at it Later

  • scratchme1010

    Interesting, schnell. There are a few species that have adapted themselves to the environment, like a fish that lives with no eyes in an area of the planet where there's acid instead of water.

    Come to think of it, smiddy, the dark pool of acid is as good for your analogy.

  • FadeToBlack

    And they will still be here long after we are gone.

  • Xanthippe

    Really interesting Schnell thanks. The bacteria is resistant to 70% of antibiotics and 100% resistant to natural antibiotics.

    We've learnt from this that bacteria hasn't become resistant due to our overuse of antibiotics but the ability to develop that resistance is hardwired into the bacteria for survival.

    It should help scientists understand resistance and how it works which is excellent news because we are rapidly reaching a superbug crisis.

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