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The Bleeding Tooth fungus (Hydnellum pecki). The juice it secretes contains a pigment called atromentin which has been discovered as having anticoagulant properties similar to heparin. Scientists have also discovered the fungus contains antibiotic properties, effective against streptococcus pneumoniae. The mushroom can also be dried and transformed into a plant based dye for cloth, producing an earthy beige color.

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The incredible "bleeding" mushroom! "The juice itself contains a pigment called atromentin which has been discovered as having anticoagulant properties similar to heparin which is derived from the mucus membranes of slaughtered cattle and hogs. Scientists have also discovered the fungus contains antibiotic properties, effective against streptococcus pneumoniae. The mushroom can also be dried and transformed into a plant based dye for cloth, producing an earthy beige color.'

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Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus, is a Gram-positive, alpha-hemolytic, aerotolerant anaerobic member of the genus Streptococcus.

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As pretty as a picture (but a lot more deadly): Killer diseases as you've never seen them before

Streptococcus pneumoniae are carried by many without causing infection. However, in immune compromised individuals they can infect the upper respiratory tract, causing pneumonia

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Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, SEM Caption: Streptococcus pneumoniae, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). S. pneumoniae are oval, Gram-positive bacteria. They are part of the normal human bacterial flora and are carried by many without causing infection. In individuals with compromised immune systems, they can infect upper respiratory tract, causing pneumonia. They may also infect other parts of the body, causing bacterial blood poisoning (bacteraemia) and meningitis.

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Streptococcus pneumoniae is a Gram-positive coccus that commonly exists as chains of cells. S. pneumoniae produces haemolysin, a compound that breaks down the haemoglobin present in red blood cells.

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Streptococcus bacteria. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Streptococcus pneumoniae, the cause of pneumonia. These Gram-positive oval- shaped bacteria often occur in short chains, as seen.

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