DailyDirt: Fighting Biology With Biology

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While most people have been taught to fear and loathe bacteria and other microscopic organisms (just watch some soap commercials), healthy people actually carry around more bacterial cells with them than their own human cells. It's estimated that there are ten times as many bacterial cells on a typical person than the number of cells that carry a person's own genetic code. About 100 trillion microscopic life forms usually live peacefully on (or in) our bodies, but the microbes that cause disease make us suspicious of all of them. In our battle to defeat the bad guys, though, we should be careful to limit the collateral damage. Here are just a few projects working on fighting "bad" bacteria without killing them all. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Sep 2012 @ 5:10pm

    seriously scary...

    forget germ warfare... anti-biotic warfare will kill us all. we're creating all kinds of resistant strains of common germs that we won't be able to treat. thanks a lot, big pharma!

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      Wally (profile), 27 Sep 2012 @ 7:06pm

      Re: seriously scary...

      Oh even antibiotic becomes biological warfare. There is a reason you don't drink milk or eat dairies while on them.....fond memories in Jr. High of clearing an entire 30 person English class after catching pneumonia a month earlier...3 months of Antibiotics in a household that forced milk down your throat at any given moment, my parents got their karma soon enough from that :-)

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, 28 Sep 2012 @ 4:34am

    Dental Caries Is A Bacterial Infection

    Like all bacterial diseases, you can develop immunity. And some people are naturally immune.

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