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Monday, September 6, 2010

Ancient Nubians Made Antibiotic Beer

In the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, George Armelagos and chemist Mark Nelson published their findings of antibiotic beer. They did Chemical analysis of bones that showed that ancient Nubians consumed tetracycline. (Source)

According to Armelagos Nubian beer was "made from grain that contained the soil bacteria streptomyces, which produces tetracycline". (Source)

Nelson says. "I'm convinced that they had the science of fermentation under control and were purposely producing the drug." (Source)

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