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Scientists have found bacteria that have been living underground for as long as modern humans have existed, but that still resist our antibiotics. Find out why http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/04/13/isolated-for-millions-of-years-cave-bacteria-resist-modern-antibiotics/
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"Gautam Dantas found that our soils are so full of resistant bacteria that random sampling produced strains that not only resist antibiotics, but actually eat them."

GET IN MAH BELLEH.

Seriously though, I would love to be in the lab with those guys. Very cool article :)
 
Given what seems like the endless cycle of new drug from old bacteria that gets beaten by 'new' old bacteria, are there any ideas or trials in development that might break this cycle? It may be an impossible goal since any anti-biotic has to interact with bacteria, but I can't help wondering if 'antibiotics' couldn't one day refer to a specific class of nano-tech.
 
one wonders if the answer could be even more spooky: quantum entanglement
 
+Kerry O'Connor That would be incredibly spooky. My mind is dancing rather gleefully in hypothetical universes where that could work...an injection of entangled particles that would bond to disease/bacteria/etc. and then, when their matching particles are switched, destroy the disease they had bonded with?

And +Desh Maharaj , Quantum Entanglement as I understand it (more knowledgeable folks please correct me as needed) is the principle that when two particles bond at a quantum level, they maintain that bond regardless of any distance between them. Kind of like the idea of flipping the light switch on your wall to turn on the lights in your friend's flat on another continent.
 
+J. Pierce - correct. There have been remarkable experiments where a mother and child are separated by many miles, both are connected to machines to monitor their vitals, and when, say, the child is made uncomfortable by a poke with a pin, the monitors show the mother unconsciously reacting to the discomfort felt by her child.

It is entirely conceivable to me when you consider that the 'space' we feel divides us is really an illusion; we are made of atoms, energy, as is the 'air' around us, and those atoms are always touching each other.

Check out the work of Cleve Baxter sometime; he did amazing research on how plants reacted to other plants when being threatened.
 
Hola Ed, espero que los cientificos tomen todas las precauciones para estudiarlas. bay amigo.
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is very interesting, the subject of scientific discoveries
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