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The contents of the time capsule were recovered and they’re now in the hands of New York University bacteriologist Dr. Martin Blaser, who says it was no ordinary time capsule.
“In addition to papers from that time and materials from students from the Bellevue Medical College and the newspaper the New York Sun from 1897, it also had a test tube that had some bacterial spores in it that were gotten and cultured from a patient in 1896,” Blaser told WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman
Blaser says the specimen was put there by a bacteriologist named Edward Dunham. He says Dunham was one of the city’s early bacteriologists and that it was he who first described that these bacteria actually form spores.
Blaser says that scientists knew spores could last a long time, but they didn’t know how long. There was even a note saying that he hoped future generations would record how long they lasted.
“We are interested in the question of whether seventy years of antibiotics is changing the organisms that live in the body."
Originally posted by silo13
reply to post by NowanKenubi
Oh I think Big Pharma is just drooling over this. 'Germs' from so many years ago! Think of the study... Wonderful stuff that and don't kid yourself 'germs' have evolved incredibly - thanks to antibiotics. To get back to the most 'original' possible germ possible? Wow.