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By Linda B. Blackford
Lexington Herald Leader
Coal mines produce what’s sometimes called black gold, but researchers at the University of Kentucky hope the mines could hold something even more valuable — a miracle drug.
A team from the Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation has been gathering samples from deep underground in Eastern Kentucky to see if the microbes that survive there could be put to use fighting disease.
“We’ve found a number of really unusual microbes,” said Jon Thorson, who heads up CPRI.
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