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Science Bulletins: Caving for Cures - Mining Drugs From Nature

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Published on Oct 18, 2012

Brian Bachmann, an assistant professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt University, has combined his interest in natural products drug production with his hobby of caving to set up the first systematic program to search for novel drugs produced by cave-dwelling microorganisms. Microbes that thrive in these highly competitive environments are good candidates for producing compounds that can be used to fight disease.

Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History.
Related Links: Drugs From Deep Down
http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/fin...

Vanderbilt University: Bachmann Lab
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/chemistry/f...

What's Up Down There? Microbial Diversity in Caves
http://quest.nasa.gov/projects/spacew...

Cave Science
http://www.cavescience.com/home.html

Subsurface Life in Mineral Environments (SLiME)
http://www.caveslime.org/

National Spelological Society
http://www.caves.org/

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