The Web Likes Your MUM, Etc.

A female visitor to this site writes:

I ran across a write-up about your Web site in The Web Magazine, and had to check it out. It is fascinating, and I don't care that you're male! I plan to show it to my 12-year old daughter as soon as she gets home, and also plan to tell all my friends about it. Keep up the good work...

The issue of The Web Magazine is August '97. The article reviewed 500 Web sites, in categories ranging from Arts through Weird. Yours is under the Weird category heading [oh, no!!], subheading "Things That Go Cramp" (pg. 92). It gives ratings on a scale of 1-5, (5 being the best) on Content (yours-5) Design (yours-4) Links (yours-4) and Overall (yours-5).

I welcome comments about improving this site, although I can't promise I'll execute them, partly because of time; I do this site and the museum in the hours remaining from a very time-consuming job unrelated to the museum.

New Weapon Kills TSS Bacteria

Everyone knows that traditional antibiotics are much less effective today than earlier, probably because of overuse, allowing bacteria to change to more resistant forms.

The Institute for Medical Microbiology and Immunology of the University of Bonn in Germany has been studying the so-called lantibiotics, which disable certain groups of bacteria in a completely new way. The German Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper reported on 11 June that in studies done with Staphylococcus aureus, the causative agent in toxic shock syndrome, which is sometimes associated with tampon and pad use, lantibiotics were the equal to the only effective antibiotic, Vancomycin. Eight other antibiotics were completely ineffective.

The German researchers believe that development of this group of substances is very important. Scientists have already identified two dozen kinds, including Nisin, which the food-processing industry has been using for the past 30 years.


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