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Microbe wakes up after 120,000 years


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After more than 120,000 years trapped beneath a block of ice in Greenland, a tiny microbe has awoken. The long-lasting bacteria may hold clues to what life forms might exist on other planets.

The new bacteria species was found nearly 2 miles beneath a Greenland glacier, where temperatures can dip well below freezing, pressure soars, and food and oxygen are scarce.

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Crap, thats just wonderful, ancient bacteria with modern antibiotics probably not affecting them in any way. Just my assumption, but I can see the facepalm potential here. <_<

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Hey, don't knock ancient bacteria. A little while back, people found beer tunnies with ancient bacteria in them and managed to cultivate enough to recreate beer from the middle ages.

See, science does have humanities best interest at heart.

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Hey, don't knock ancient bacteria. A little while back, people found beer tunnies with ancient bacteria in them and managed to cultivate enough to recreate beer from the middle ages.

See, science does have humanities best interest at heart.

Exactly! :P

Actually some bacteria are benificial, and a large majority of it is totaly harmless to us http://www.actionbioscience.org/biodiversity/wassenaar.html

Who knows, one of these acient bacteria might be the cure for any number of diseases.

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Exactly! :P

Actually some bacteria are benificial, and a large majority of it is totaly harmless to us http://www.actionbioscience.org/biodiversity/wassenaar.html

Who knows, one of these acient bacteria might be the cure for any number of diseases.

Or who knows those bacteria hold some ancient and deadly disease which turns people into grotesque and pugnacious zombies or maybe wipes out the entire life on earth.

Sorry for having scandalous pessimistic views.

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In any case, it just goes to prove my fav theory about evolution: If mankind is stupid enough to blow all in pieces, somewhere there will be a microbe out of which mankind V2.0 will surge....

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Hey, don't knock ancient bacteria. A little while back, people found beer tunnies with ancient bacteria in them and managed to cultivate enough to recreate beer from the middle ages.

See, science does have humanities best interest at heart.

I'll toast to that! *Raises medieval beer*

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Crap, thats just wonderful, ancient bacteria with modern antibiotics probably not affecting them in any way.

Actually, they are probably more vulnerable, as their population has built no real resistance to them. The bacteria we really have to fear are the new bugs that are unaffected by a number of our drugs, thanks to evolutionary change.

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Actually, they are probably more vulnerable, as their population has built no real resistance to them. The bacteria we really have to fear are the new bugs that are unaffected by a number of our drugs, thanks to evolutionary change.

-SQLserver

I remember reading a recent article about...I believe it was a sea sponge, or something off the coast of Australia that when combined with modern antibiotics it radically reduced modern bacteria's resistance levels to drugs.

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its truly fascinating stuff, but you wont see it on the news, im fed up of all news being about celebreities and ****. offtopc i know.

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Now we'll find out what wiped out the sabertooth, mammoth and their buddies.

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Now we'll find out what wiped out the sabertooth, mammoth and their buddies.

might wipe us off too, lmao

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Dont over react to this until the men in the black suits come to drag you off for some microbe testing. lol

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Actually, they are probably more vulnerable, as their population has built no real resistance to them. The bacteria we really have to fear are the new bugs that are unaffected by a number of our drugs, thanks to evolutionary change.

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Spot on SQL.

I remember reading a recent article about...I believe it was a sea sponge, or something off the coast of Australia that when combined with modern antibiotics it radically reduced modern bacteria's resistance levels to drugs.

We have lots of drugs that enhance the effects of antibiotics. They aren't really new. For instance, clavulanic acid works as a beta-lactamse competitive inhibitor which enhances the function of beta-lactam antibiotics.

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After more than 120,000 years trapped beneath a block of ice in Greenland, a tiny microbe has awoken.

Poor buggers. I hate it when I oversleep.

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