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Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member31 Mar 2015 7:33 a.m. PST

Apparently so, and it comes from the Anglo-Saxons:


This news immediately reminded me of the line from H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds:

"…it was found that they were killed by the putrefactive and disease bacteria against which their systems were unprepared. . . slain, after all man's defenses had failed, by the humblest thing that God in His wisdom put upon this earth."

FASCINATING stuff! thumbs up

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2015 7:56 a.m. PST

"…, the preparation turned into a kind of loathsome, odorous slime…"
Now, that's something you don't read every day in too many chemistry journals.

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2015 10:13 a.m. PST

She unblinded me with science!

The Anglo-Saxons were pretty good at killing all sorts of things. This should surprise nobody.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian31 Mar 2015 10:31 a.m. PST

Got some bullocks gall and cropleek handy?

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2015 4:01 p.m. PST


Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2015 4:04 p.m. PST

I can kill superbugs too, give me a close to 100% solution of clorine, and I'll kill most things from superbugs to redwoods.

Martin from Canada31 Mar 2015 5:11 p.m. PST

Gunfreak, if you're going for overkill…

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2015 2:55 p.m. PST

I think a vat of concentrated clorine or sulphyric acid is much better then a hand gun. Even a big bullet only hits a few thousand or million bacteria. With a big enough vat or swimming pool i can kill septillions of bacteria in one go

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2015 6:01 p.m. PST

Killing bugs is actually easy.

Killing pathogens without selecting mutations, harming the host or his/her normal flora……..not so much.

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