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Herbsprout is a webblog and podcast dedicated to sharing the health benefits of herbs, food, innovations related to our gut microbiome. Herbsprout seeks to bridge the vast chasm dividing the mainstream medical community, alternative medicine, and Asian medicine, especially of China (TCM), India (Ayurveda), and Japan (eJim & Kampo).

Can fluoride stem growing concern of antibiotics in our synthetic biology world?

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Can fluoride stem growing con...
The dangers around overusing antibiotics is not new to the scientific community, as the number of antibiotic-resistant microbes increase. These unwanted microbes are developing resistence to the antibiotics, diminishing their therapeutic efficacy. Researchers are concerned not only about its negative influence on our body such as our gut microbiome, but also the impact these synthetically engineered microbes have when released into the environment.

In a January 04 2021 article in Science Daily, UC Santa Barbara chemical engineer Michelle O'Malley points out that "with the advent of synthetic biology, there is increasingly a risk that things we're engineering in the lab could escape and proliferate into ecosystems where they don't belong."

A process developed by Justin Yoo, a former graduate student researcher in O'Malley's lab, found that fluoride can eliminate this problem. Microbes that escape into the natural environment would die as soon as it encounters fluoride, thus preventing propagation, according to the Science Daily article.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210104141521.htm

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