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    Tuesday, December 27, 2005

    Super Bug Killer: Researchers in Scotland have found a new, naturally occuring antibacterial agent that's extremely effective against methicillin-resistant staphylococcus (the dreaded "superbug.") It's derived from a bacteria found on seaweed in the Firth of Forth, but the bacteria seem to only produce it when they're in close company with a supermarket sponge:

    Tests on new anti-MRSA antibiotics show the microbes thrived on one kitchen scourer, but not others.

    Researchers at Heriot Watt University want to know why the sponge is so effective at producing antibiotics.

    ....They began cultivating the bacteria in glass containers of meat broth in the university laboratory.

    But the microbes would only yield the special antibiotic when grown on discs of the Morrisons kitchen sponge, as no other brand placed in the broth would work.


    Wonder what possessed them to plop the sponge into the mixture in the first place?
     

    posted by Sydney on 12/27/2005 08:06:00 AM 3 comments

    3 Comments:

    "Wonder what possessed them to plop the sponge into the mixture in the first place?" How about "Ooops"? I mean, haven't all the best inventions kinda happened by accident? "You got chocolate in my peanut butter!"

    By Blogger Bob, at 10:34 AM  

    Someone probably dropped it.. I agree that most discoveries are made by accident. I just wish that people really understood how dangerous these "superbugs" are..

    By Blogger Nurse Practitioners Save Lives, at 10:01 PM  

    Off topic, not exactly a great ad for Morrison's - "Our sponges are the best at increasing bacteria counts!"

    By Blogger John A, at 3:47 AM  

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