Category archives for Antibiotics

Bacterial Ice-9?

Ice 9 by toastforbrekkie. The idea of Ice-9, although fictional, has always fascinated me. Its properties are so powerful, so influential, that one “seed crystal” can direct its entire surroundings, freezing oceans. A recent discovery of one component of the cell wall of bacterium reminded me of this effect. Let me explain.

“Bath Salts” and Flesh-Eating Bacteria

The are many reasons not to use recreational drugs and this story is likely one of the scariest.

Source: Sheep purple Flickr Photostream. Big Ag and antibiotics are becoming a lightning rod for a culture war of facts. Does agricultural use of antibiotics contribute to their diminishing effectiveness in people?