Scientist discovers new antibiotic for fight against ‘superbugs’
WBUR - 01/09/2015
Antibiotics are among the most potent tools in public health, but across the globe, bugs are evolving resistance to our decades-old drugs.
Now, Kim Lewis, a professor of molecular microbiology at Northeastern University, found a way to unlock the potential of not just a new antibiotic, but the entire world of bacteria growing in soil.
Until now, scientists cultured only 1 percent of the bacteria that grows in the ground. These bacteria grow readily in Petri dishes in the lab, while the other 99 percent do not. “So these 99 percent, the vast majority,” says Lewis, “have been inaccessible to us for a very long time now.”