Tuesday 23 July 2013

Saviour of the Biological Wrath

A team led by William Fenical at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has discovered a new chemical compound from an ocean microbe that has potential for the treatment of anthrax and even MRSA( methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus). The microorganism that produces the compound was first found in the sediments found near the shore of  Santa Barbara, Calif.

The compound has been named as anthracimycin and is capable of killing the anthrax bacteria. A strong contender of biological warfare, Anthrax, was first used by the Germans in the First World War to contaminate livestock and then used allegedly during Japanese occupation of China in 1932. 10,000 prisoners died as a result.

The discovery of anthracimycin from the ocean microbe has proved that the marine bacteria is genetically and chemically unique and that ocean provides vast scope for exploration of the unknown.
saviour of the biological wrath

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