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  • Science just discovered the dirtiest weapon in the war on germs

    Mic - 01/12/2015

    Germaphobes can finally chill out, because Mother Nature — and all of her bacteria — have your back.

    The news: This week, researchers at Northeastern University in Boston unearthed a new source for creating powerful antibiotics: dirt.

    To test out teixobactin’s powers, the researchers had to figure out how to grow it in a lab without having to learn all of the specific features of its environment. The team ditched the standard petri dish in lieu of a tool called an iChip, which is designed to keep the bacterial environment more or less intact. Then, they injected the antibiotics into mice with infections like staph, strep and TB. The mice lived.

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