Most people believe antibiotics have been around for 80 years. Surprisingly, antibiotics have been around for 2000 years, since the time of the Nubians. The antibiotics they were taken were ingested in the form of beer, from grain that had been contaminated by tetracycline producing mold. Now obviously the Nubians did not know they were ingesting tetracycline, or taking antibiotics, but they did know that consuming the moldy grain helped them feel better. 

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