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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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Pneumonia bacteria (Streptococcus pneumoniae) (imaged using a scanning electron microscope [SEM])

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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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10 Most Amazing Mushrooms

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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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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A strain of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae, which can cause ear…

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Gram Stain: Streptococcus pneumoniae is Gram stain positive