Archive of December, 2021

Defense against antibiotic resistance- bacteria-eating bacteria- blog
In an attention-grabbing article published at NPR it is suggested to use bacteria-eating bacteria as a new mean to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In a study funded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Brad Ringeisen deputy director of the Biological Technologies Office at the DARPA claims that microbe-eating microbes are found in almost every ecosystem on Earth. The study funded by DARPA showed that predatory bacteria will attack many disease-causing bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics. The main organism they worked with is Bdellovibrio (a small (0.3 to 0.4 micrometers wide, and 0.8-1.2 micrometers long), highly motile (with a single polar flagellum), vibrio shaped,...
Walmart will demand that its suppliers of leafy greens use its Blockchain by September 2019
Walmart and Sam’s Club sent a letter to their suppliers of fresh leafy greens requiring that they trace their products all the way to the farm, utilizing Walmart-IBM Food Trust network, using blockchain technology software by September of 2019. This decision to require the use of blockchain was triggered by the recent romaine lettuce outbreak linked to E.  coli O157:H7. The outbreak resulted in 210 confirmed cases, caused 96 hospitalizations, and tragically 5 deaths. While the FDA and the health authorities were able to quickly determine that the romaine lettuce came from Yuma AZ, the exact affected lots could not be identified until...