Scientists find bacteria resistant to nearly all antibiotics in Antarctica sea water

January 29, 2012ANTARTICABacteria that can resist nearly all antibiotics have been found in Antarctic seawater. Björn Olsen of Uppsala University in Sweden and colleagues took seawater samples between 10 and 300 meters away from Chile’s Antarctic research stations, Bernardo O’Higgins, Arturo Prat and Fildes Bay. A quarter of the samples of Escherichia coli bacteria carried genes that made an enzyme called ESBL, which can destroy penicillin, cephalosporins and related antibiotics. Bacteria with these genes can be even more dangerous than the better known superbug MRSA. That’s because the genes sit on a mobile chunk of DNA that can be acquired by many species of bacteria, increasing the incidence of drug-resistant infections such as the E. coli outbreak last year in Germany. The type of ESBL they found, called CTX-M, is common in bacteria in people, and the Uppsala study found that concentrations of resistant bacteria were higher close to the sewage outfalls from the stations. Some Antarctic stations started shipping out human feces for incineration after gut bacteria were found nearby. Chile’s research stations have virtually no sewage treatment in place, says Olsen. Recent work shows the bacteria may hang on to the genes for CTX-M even when no longer exposed to antibiotics, suggesting that superbugs can survive in the wild, with animals acting as a reservoir. Penguins near the Chilean stations have been checked and are free of ESBL, though Olsen is now looking at the area’s gulls as he has found ESBL-producing bugs in gulls in France. “If these genes are in Antarctica, it’s an indication of how far this [problem] has gone,” he says. –New Scientist
“The environmental overturning of the natural ecology also has the potential to unleash some of nature’s unknown and exotic new viruses. In November of 2009, a research team which included Antonio Alcami, a researcher from the Spanish Research Council, took water samples from Limnopolar Lake on Livingston Island in Antarctica. The researchers were surprised what they discovered was lurking in the icy waters under the ice at the South Pole. “They found nearly 10,000 virus species, including some small DNA viruses that had never before been identified.”’ –The Extinction Protocol, p. 243
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13 Responses to Scientists find bacteria resistant to nearly all antibiotics in Antarctica sea water

  1. dannrivera says:

    could these be the results of synthetic nano-bioengineering?

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    • Nibikwe says:

      That’s what I was thinking as a possibility, dannrivera. Aerosols being sprayed worldwide/24-7, and nano fibers are a part of the delivery protocol. Persons that reject or are allergic to these fibers have developed ‘Morgellons’ disease. Clifford Carnicom has done good research on these fibers.
      See: carnicominstitute.org

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  2. AWM says:

    Add this antibiotic resistant DNA to previously unknown species of pathologic micro-organisms and it’s clearly a recipe for disaster.
    Every week there is another outbreak of antibiotic resistant organisms, TB, gonorrhea, pneumonia, enterococci, haemophylis, neisseria, and on and on. All we need is a “new player” to enter the game!

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  3. cdkanas says:

    Well. Here we go. Pestilence. The Pale Horse rides on.

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  4. Nibikwe says:

    Apologies Alvin, I meant to post this comment on the fiber article….doing too many things at once!
    Peace

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  5. Mike H says:

    I don’t like the timing of this report. Just when the Russians are suppose to be drilling through the ice crust of the Antartic, into a lake that is very mysterious. I’m sorry I cant find the name of this lake to spell it correctly, but I dont think it is a great idea to expose such things of potentially unknown great consequence, unless all matters of safety are considered! On the other hand, who knows what will be discovered. GOD willing it is a phenom experience for the whole world.

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  6. JerseyCynic says:

    Oops – meant to put this link first

    http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20110206212725data_trunc_sys.shtml

    Hoover is not the first scientist to claim to have found evidence of alien life in meteorites. In 1996, another NASA scientist, David McKay, argued for the existence of nanofossils in ALH84001, a meteorite found in Antarctica that originated from Mars

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  7. Yadira Gomez says:

    Shalom …and the prions too, prions are related to many outbreaks and they are not well studied and understood.
    We are using practically the same antibiotics than in the90´s , there are just a few really new ones.
    Future is dark and the battle against microorgnisms is lost.
    Shalom U Brajot(peace and blessings)

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  8. Gen says:

    Sorry Alvin, the computer has been rebuilt with a newer version of Microsoft and it won’t let me copy and paste the links as I have been doing. I will be more careful that I have the right wording.

    It is tasman seas not tasmanian.

    http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/scientists-shocked-by-tasman-seas-rising-temeratures/story/e6frfku0-1226257611991

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  9. Gen says:

    Okay I will do it this way.

    RISING temperatures in the Tasman Sea have shocked scientists, who have identified an area off Tasmania as a global warming hotspot.
    Oceanographers say sea temperatures east of the island state are as much as two degrees warmer than they were 60 years ago, while other ocean hotspots around the world have warmed at two to three times the average over the past century.

    “We would expect natural change in the oceans over decades or centuries but change with such elevated sea surface temperatures, in a growing number of locations and in a synchronised manner, was definitely not expected,” said the CSIRO’s Dr Wenju Cai, co-author of a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

    “We have been able to reconstruct an ocean history in which warming over the past century is two to three times faster than the global average ocean warming rate.”

    The international scientific team working on the project said the ocean hotspots were a result of strengthening wind systems caused by greenhouse gases which had driven ocean currents beyond their known boundaries.

    The East Australian Current was around 350km further south, explaining the warming in the Tasman Sea.

    The team said the warming of the oceans would limit their ability to absorb heat and carbon from the atmosphere.

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  10. Liz says:

    I am so grateful that we have a loving Heavenly Father who is in control, and that I have the faith to wholly believe that everything will work out extremelly well. However we must remember that we cannot be saved in ignorance .

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  11. Step says:

    Very strange and truly frightening. We are going to unleash something. Its only a matter of time. Someone will engineer a biological weapon with this. Probably already have.

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