Monday, May 22, 1995
The business in prehistoric spores
Looking beyond last week's provocative and widely publicized report in Science
of the isolation and revival in culture of bacterial spores from the stomachs of bees
trapped in amber 25 to 40 million years ago, Ambergene Corp. is hoping to discover new
classes of antibiotic compounds from the metabolically active bacteria and yeast.
The bacteria, Bacillus sphaericus, live in soil and in insects. Raul Cano, the San
Carlos, Calif., company's founder and a researcher at California State Polytechnic