NPR: Scientists hit antibiotic pay dirt growing finicky bacteria in lab
NPR - 01/07/2015
Scientists say they have discovered a natural compound from bacteria that may prove to be a potent new antibiotic. This news comes at a time when many current antibiotics are losing their oomph — germs become resistant to them.
The new compound is especially intriguing because it appears that it might not lose its germ-killing potential, according to a report published Wednesday in the journalNature.
Curiously, the researchers didn’t set out to find new antibiotics. Kim Lewis and his colleagues at Northeastern University in Boston were actually figuring out how to grow bacteria that had never been grown in the lab before.