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Microbial Warfare in the Underworld: Searching for New Antibiotics

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This month we talked with Dr. Christine Salomon, Assistant Professor at the Center for Drug Design in the University of Minnesota. Dr. Salomon’s work intersects chemistry and microbial ecology in the hunt for interesting new natural products with far reaching potential applications. While much effort has been expended in searching for organisms on the surface of our planet, the deep continental biosphere is relatively unknown. Dr. Salomon is investigating these mysterious microbes half a mile under the surface in the Soudan Underground Mine in northern Minnesota. A former iron mine, the Soudan Mine is now part of the Minnesota State Park system and an untapped research resource.

An interview with Dr. Salomon is found at the Source link including links to her webpages where you can read more about her exciting projects.
 
 

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