Irish Teen Discovery: Natural Substance Kills Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria [Video]
Simon Meehan is a 15-year-old Irish boy who has received high prize for discovering that natural chemicals within blackberries can potentially kill Staphylococcus aureus. It is antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Antibiotic resistant bacteria, according to the World Health Organization, poses “one of the biggest threats to food security, global health, and development today.”
In a nutshell, infections like tuberculosis, pneumonia and salmonellosis are becoming harder and harder to treat. Why? Well simply because they evolve and become immune to common antibiotics available nowadays in medicine.
All of this shows just how big the discovery of Simon Meehan is.
According to The Irish Times, Meehan simply by experimenting with 10 plants in his area, discovered the super antibiotic-resistant properties of the blackberry extract.
“People are going very deep into the Amazon rainforest looking for new antibiotics,” The Irish Times quotes him as stating. “But I’m a 15-year-old boy who found this in his very own back garden. That is simply amazing.”
“The unexpected findings deliver a unique approach to killing bacteria using natural plant active ingredients,” said one of the judges of the 54th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, Professor John O’Halloran, stated in praise of Meehan’s winning project.
“The rigor of the approach adopted by this young boy set his project apart from competitors and of course made him our overall winner.”
Meehan says that his grandfather’s work is an inspiration for his own. According to The Irish Times, his grandfather, Eddie Lucey is a well-known herbalist and science teacher.
Eddie is known for helping people heal through the use of herbs grown in his own garden.
“He has inspired my work,” I am indebted to him for my knowledge.”- says Simon.
Judging by the magnitude of Meehan’s discovery, it seems we’re all indebted to him and his grandfather.
If you want to learn more about Meehan’s incredible discovery, see below.