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Hundreds of types of bacteria in 4 million-year-old cave can fight off antibiotics

In “Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found in 4-Million-Year-Old Cave”(National Geographic Daily News, April 11 2012), Dave Mosher reports,

Microbes from pristine areas can battle modern medicine, study says, “Deep in the bowels of a pristine cave, microbiologists have discovered nearly a hundred types of bacteria that can fight off modern antibiotic drugs.

The bacteria coat the walls of the Lechuguilla cave system on rock faces some 1,600 feet (487 meters) below Earth’s surface. Until recently, the microscopic life-forms had encountered neither humans nor modern antibiotics.”

Get this:

Superbugs almost always appear in hospitals and on animal farms, where antibiotic use is prevalent. In these environments, intense evolutionary pressure pushes microbes to quickly develop resistance to multiple drugs.

The reality is more like this: Bacteria have conducted their little wars for billions of years, and almost all the antibiotics that will ever exist have been invented already.

It’s our problem as humans if we came very late to the game, after suffering untold casualties, and now act like we own it – and infest the study of it with stupid Darwin theories.

More:

But how this happens is a frustrating problem, Wright said, considering that studies suggest the preponderance of antibiotic-fighting genes should have taken thousands or millions of years to emerge.

Yes, if Darwinism were right, but it isn’t. Okay?

The answer may lie in the fact that bacteria regularly exchange, receive, or steal genes from other bacteria in their environments. Many microbiologists therefore suspect that nonpathogenic bacteria are acting as a vast pool of ancient resistance genes waiting to be transferred to pathogenic bacteria.

Uh, yes, that would make sense.

Getting rid of Darwinism as a model for how things happen in bacterial life is looking better all the time.

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