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Antibiotic "Smart Bomb"

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by Silversnake, Feb 7, 2014.


  1. Silversnake

    Silversnake Silverback

    "Researchers have developed a de facto antibiotic “smart bomb” that can identify specific strains of bacteria and sever their DNA, eliminating the infection. The technique offers a potential approach to treat infections by multi-drug resistant bacteria."

    Public health | Homeland Security News Wire
     
  2. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    That's awesome if it continues to develop as expected. I always worry about the unexpected side effects of miraculous medical advances. The history of pharmaceuticals is cluttered with the wreckage of what seemed to be good ideas at first. I hope it works as advertised. We could use a win in the war with bacteria.
     
  3. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    That was much like my immediate thought. Very good, if it continues to do the right thing, but what if it mutates, and attacks the wrong DNA? And could it continue to change?
     
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  4. Silversnake

    Silversnake Silverback

    Or could it be engineered to attack specific gene sequences in selected mammals, especially higher primates.
     
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  5. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    IF is always the key factor. Too many people always seem to underestimate the natural order of things, including evolution.
     
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  6. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Yeah. We talk about a coming economic re-set, or a political re-set; but you don't want to see Mother Nature hit re-set. She plays for keeps; and as smart as mankind eventually gets, she'll still be smarter, and more powerful, by a large margin.
     
  7. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Well that's one thing I learned out here, what being a farmer really means. It means Mother Nature makes your her b***h(moreso than alot of professions).
     
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