Fighting Bacteria With Dirt

Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic capable of wiping out several strains of “super bugs,”including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The new class of microbe-destroying molecules, known as malacidins, was extracted from microorganisms living in dirt, suggesting new weapons against drug-resistant bacteria could be lurking right under our feet, The Washington Post reports. “Every place you step, there’s 10,000 bacteria, most of which we’ve never seen,” says lead researcher Sean Brady. “There’s this reservoir of antibiotics out in the environment we haven’t accessed yet.” The vast majority of antibiotics are produced by fungi and by bacteria themselves in their ongoing competition against one another, but only about 1 percent of these microbes can be grown in petri dishes. The researchers bypassed this problem by removing DNA from 2,000 soil samples teeming with bacteria, cloning it, and injecting it into microbes that can be cultured in a lab. These microbes produced malacidin, which destroys the cell (Read More)

Numerous Health Benefits of Coffee & How it Can Save Your Life

America’s love affair with coffee is no secret. Many cannot imagine beginning their day without the morning pick-me-up from the nearest Starbucks. The legal addictive stimulants offer us a boost on our way to work, when we’re flagging at break, and get us home from work. As Tom Hanks states in the 1998 cult-classic You’ve Got Mail, our coffee offers us an “an absolutely defining sense of self.” Lately, coffee has been getting a different kind of attention, as green coffee bean supplements seem to be the latest weight loss craze. Dr. Oz hails the new supplement as a ‘miracle pill that can burn fat fast for anyone.’ Weight loss isn’t the only health benefit that can be found in coffee. Read on to discover 6 health benefits to consider when brewing your next cup of joe.