The Soil’s Microbial Miracle
60th Anniversary of the Selman Waksman
The day long symposium addresses the sweet smell of success driven by antibiotics in diverse fields – how the roles of wispy, bacterial threads, the Actinomycetes, went from soil fertility enhancers to a practical and vital broad based medical resource. The speakers all nationally recognized, explore both the direct and indirect effects of antibiotics. The Waksman novel antibiotic armamentarium that followed penicillin and tyrothricin, including actinomycin, streptothricin, fradicin, chaetomin and especially streptomycin, stimulated the uncovering of a variety of “block buster” antibiotics which changed the approaches to treatment of world diseases.
This treasure trove expanded to include anti-tumor agents, immunosuppressants, food preservatives and insecticides. Impacts on Society were diverse - the enhancement of the human life span with resultant more distant considerations as delayed retirement to Social Security issues. The Symposium recognizes the effects of antibiotics in diverse spheres- new antibiotics through novel screening, new interpretations of their role, how they aid in unraveling metabolic and microbiome conundrums and the current status of tuberculosis. They have turned the world topsy-turvy. The inspiration behind the Morrill Act in the creation the Land Grant Universities system was again realized. Waksman received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1952 for "ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes" that led to the discovery of streptomycin. As Selman Waksman later commented: "Out of the earth shall come thy salvation."
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