This is my 2nd try - I had worked on it for 1/2 hr. and then just as I was about to post it, CRASH!! My computer shut right down. So, thats weird. It has happened like that before, but only when I am writing about conspiracies. Thats weird too.
So, lets try again:
The E Coli outbreak that is killing people in Europe is resistant to EIGHT different antibiotics. That is not very likely to happen, unless someone really tried. In natural settings it is probably not possible.
Why it might have been done is another question, but for now here is the theory of the eight strain resistant E Coli conspiracy, as presented by the often lunatic Mike the Health Ranger:
This particular e.coli variation is a member of the O104 strain, and O104 strains are almost never (normally) resistant to antibiotics.
In order for them to acquire this resistance, they must be repeatedly exposed to antibiotics in order to provide the "mutation pressure" that nudges them toward complete drug immunity.
When scientists at Germany's Robert Koch Institute decoded the genetic makeup of the O104 strain, they found it to be resistant to all the following classes and combinations of antibiotics:
• nalidixic acid
• amoxicillin / clavulanic acid
In addition, this O104 strain posses an ability to produce special enzymes that give it what might be called "bacteria superpowers" known technically as ESBLs:
"Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamases (ESBLs) are enzymes that can be produced by bacteria making them resistant to cephalosporins e.g. cefuroxime, cefotaxime and ceftazidime - which are the most widely used antibiotics in many hospitals," explains the Health Protection Agency in the UK (http://www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/Infect...).
On top of that, this O104 strain possesses two genes -- TEM-1 and CTX-M-15 -- that "have been making doctors shudder since the 1990s," reports The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentis...). And why do they make doctors shudder? Because they're so deadly that many people infected with such bacteria experience critical organ failure and simply die.
So how, exactly, does a bacterial strain come into existence that's resistant to over a dozen antibiotics in eight different drug classes and features two deadly gene mutations plus ESBL enzyme capabilities?
There's really only one way this happens (and only one way) - you have to expose this strain of e.coli to all eight classes of antibiotics drugs.
"creating a strain of e.coli that's resistant to eight classes of antibiotics requires repeated, sustained expose to those antibiotics"
They say that this bacteria originated in the food, so where did it acquire all this antibiotic resistance given the fact that antibiotics are not used in vegetables?
While resistance to a single antibiotic is common, the creation of a strain of e.coli that's resistant to eight different classes of antibiotics -- in combination -- simply defies the laws of genetic permutation and combination in the wild. Simply put, this superbug e.coli strain could not have been created in the wild. And that leaves only one explanation for where it really came from: the lab.
Okay, there is is. I had more but I am bushed now. Crashing my computer didn't stop me, but it did diminish the effectiveness of this post!! The b*astards, eh?
More tomorrow, Fibro willing.
Meanwhile, please don't grow veggies that need antibiotics.