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  • Chemists crowdsource new compounds to speed fight against antibiotic resistance

    Scientific American - 06/23/2015

    Kim Lewis, who directs the antimicrobial discovery centre at Northeastern University, US, is unconvinced the project will hit upon a new major class of antimicrobial. He points out that efforts to screen soil microorganisms for novel antibiotics have not produced anything new in recent decades. But he adds that having a collection of freely accessibly results—including negative ones—will provide valuable information. ‘Most of the negative screening experience has never been published and we know of it only anecdotally, so it is hard to learn from it,’ he says. ‘This project … may point to hotspots of antibiotic production and to anomalies we have not suspected.’

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