Irish Bacteria Could Stop Dangerous "Superbugs" | The Institute for Creation Research
Irish Bacteria Could Stop Dangerous "Superbugs"

We’re all familiar with antibiotic resistance building in the human population.1 Antibiotics are widely prescribed, but many are largely unnecessary. This contributes to the development of “superbugs.”2
 
Evolutionists list antibiotic resistance as evidence of evolution3, but in reality it has nothing to do with the origin of antibiotic resistance genes4—let alone novel bacterial species. A plasmid is a section of symbiotic DNA found mostly in bacteria. It’s extrachromosomal and may house genes that confer drug resistance. A condition called plasmid-mediated resistance is the transfer of antibiotic resistance genes (transposable elements) to other bacteria. Plasmids which can pick up transposable elements are called R plasmids. Resistance to antibiotics can be traded around among the bacteria via these genetic structures.
 
Clearly, there can be a change in the frequency of antibiotic resistance genes, but this has nothing to do with the origin of new useful genes allegedly developed by mutation and natural selection. Creationists maintain resistant forms were already present. This was just ordinary variation within kind and recombination. Indeed, antibiotic-resistant bacteria was found in the frozen bodies of explorers over a hundred years before medical antibiotic use.      

Creationists believe God created antibiotic resistance in bacteria and the production of antibiotics in fungi. Tweet: Creationists believe God created antibiotic resistance in bacteria and the production of antibiotics in fungi.

Irish Bacteria Could Stop Dangerous

Bacteria can have very beneficial results when it comes to battling other microorganisms such as fungus. For example, it has been found that females of the European beewolf cultivate bacteria (Streptomyces) in their antennae to protect larvae from fungal attack. Creationists believe God created antibiotic resistance in bacteria and the production of antibiotics in fungi, perhaps to balance the growth of these organisms in the environment (e.g., in soils).   
 
Biomedical researchers have constantly been on the lookout for species (or strains) of bacteria that are antibiotic producers and can combat other multi-resistance bacteria. Recently a new strain of Streptomyces (a well-known antibiotic producer) has been discovered in the alkaline grassland soils of the Boho Highlands of Northern Ireland.5 Interestingly enough the area is noted in folk medicine for its healing properties. The newly-identified strain is called Streptomyces sp. Myrophorea. It’s important because it’s effective against four of the top six “superbugs” resistant to antibiotics, including the dreaded methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Researchers are seeing benefits of investigating traditional and folklore medicines. This new Streptomyces strain from the Boho Highlands is an example.      
 
The search continues for new drugs in folk medicine, called ethnopharmacology, that will challenge—or even stop—“superbug” advances.           

References
1. Criswell, D. 2004. The “Evolution” of Antibiotic ResistanceActs & Facts. 33 (12).
2. Thomas, B. 2008. Wipe Once, Then Toss: The Antibiotic Resistance of the Superbug. Creation Science Update. Posted on ICR.org on June 5, 2008, accessed April 13, 2019.  
3. Futuyma, D. 2013. Evolution, 3rd ed. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Inc., 648. 
4. Meyer, S. 2013. Darwin’s Doubt. Chapter 11, New York: Harper One.
5. Bacteria found in ancient Irish soil halts growth of superbugs: New hope for tackling antibiotic resistance. ScienceDaily. Posted on Sciencedaily.com December 27, 2018, accessed April 13, 2019.    
 
*Mr. Sherwin is Research Associate at ICR. He received a master’s in zoology from the University of Northern Colorado.

The Latest
NEWS
Venus May Be Geologically Active
Using computer simulations, a team of researchers has concluded the planet Venus could still be geologically active.1,2 The scientists used...

NEWS
Nose-Horned Lizard: Extinct, or Hiding for 129 Years?
Did Modigliani’s striking lizard—a variety of Agamidae “dragon lizard”—go extinct, or has it just been hiding in Indonesia...

NEWS
Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Next Week
Both amateur and professional stargazers have an opportunity to see a little more of God’s glory revealed in the heavens1 next week. The...

NEWS
Great American Outdoors Act, Signed into Law by President
In a bipartisan legislative achievement to promote better stewardship of American public lands, U.S. Senators and Representatives finalized their bill...

NEWS
Grandmothers, Eat Fish to Protect Your Brains!
This month the American Academy of Neurology published a medical science study showing that senior women can fight air pollution hazards, including brain...

NEWS
Embarrassment Continues over Evolutionary Blunder about “Junk...
Recent research from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) continues to highlight how evolutionary theory influenced...

NEWS
God’s Plan Is Best: Salmon Need Saltwater Acclimation
Once again, results are better when aquaculture imitates the natural life cycle of Atlantic salmon.1,2 In other words, the closer fish farmers...

NEWS
Inside August 2020 Acts & Facts
Have you heard about ICR’s new President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Randy Guliuzza? What can we learn from an old prayer? Is creation evidence...

NEWS
After 30 Years, Red Kites Soar in British Skies
Good news is always welcome. So, it’s good to learn of another conservation comeback. This time it’s the red kite happily soaring in Great...

CREATION PODCAST
Meet Dr. G
Hear the history and heart of ICR’s newly appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Randy Guliuzza. He has served as ICR’s National...