It looks dreadful when we read in history that hundreds and thousands of people were killed by as simple a disease as pneumonia. It’s also looks astonishing what took scientists too long to discover this much simple treatment for the disease.
Well when you have reached a milestone, the road you travelled surely looks familiar and easy. It’s during the journey that every setback tries to pull you down, when you don’t know the answer to every new problem and can’t quite understand what turn you should take.
The same goes with the history of antibiotics, something we all are well familiar with. But the halls of med specialists are full of the voice about the resisting capabilities of bacteria against the antibiotics we take. When we don’t have a resistive shell against the bacteria, these tiny organisms can be as fatal once again as the dark era of pneumonia.
Evolution of organisms is one of the strangest and most interesting tricks of nature. It’s quite amazing how some microorganisms, consisting of just a single cells, with no brain to think, can recognize the thing that is attacking them and then conduct a research onto the attacking factors, then prepare a defensive mechanism and also are perfectly capable of teaching and transmitting the techniques to their little ones. I wonder to what universities do they go to conduct such a massive research to stand up against the best of all the species, the homo-sapiens.
After the golden era of 50’s and 60’s no remarkable antibiotics were discovered and the increasing immunity of bacteria was posing serious threats to as well-known diseases as tuberculosis. But hats off to a team researching in Northeastern University in Boston who discovered about two dozen new types of antibiotcs out of which one in particular, texiobectin, is thought of as a breakthrough in the area. Apparently they constructed underground hotel rooms, one for each single bacterial cells and as the gesture of their appreciation, bacteria excreted these new type of antibiotics to the Americans.
Once again the Americans got what they needed out of the brainless tiny organisms by applying the methods they have been used for decades on humans to get what they want out of them. But only this time, it’s beneficial for humanity. The great discovery is being thought of just the tip of iceberg so now and far more developments are about to be seen in the coming days.