In 1970s, researchers John and Cynthia Stanford traveled all over Uganda collecting soil samples, they were trying to find something that could explain why the BCG vaccine so effectively protectsUganda’s children from tuberculosis and leprosy (yes, BCG is also derived from soil bacteria). In the soil, on the shores of Lake Kyoga, they discovered an interesting bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae.
It has a very complex, antigen-rich cell wall, which should cause a very strong immune response in humans. The vaccine from M. vaccae showed excellent results in the control of allergies and asthma, and it also increased the ability of the immune system to fight cancer. The articles "Vaccine from the mud", "Call the microbes" and "Let them eat the dirt" were devoted to the vaccine from M. vaccae.
Now imagine how the search time would have decreased if there had been a census of the population of soil bacteria? If you have any questions or wishes, please write to