Recently there was a discovery of ancient bacteria that developed and evolved completely segregated from the rest of the world in a cave in New Mexico. This bacteria is special because even though it had no contact with the outside world it has evolved to be resistant to modern antibiotics using 2 previously unseen methods of resistance. It could be possible that the more of these environments we uncover we will discover not only more of these unique resistant bacteria but also more antibiotics. Could the future of medicine be hidden within ancient caves?
In Japan bacteria is being used for a much more fascinating purpose. At least I find it fascinating; biotech is no longer a thing of science fiction. They are attempting to use magnetic bacteria to build computers. The bacterium Magnetospirilllum Magneticum works by eating iron and as it eats the iron it creates miniature…
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