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  • Stamping out superbugs

    Discover - 12/01/2015

    In January, scientists discovered a potential new class of antibiotic — by digging through dirt. Soil microorganisms secrete much-desired antimicrobial compounds that yield novel drugs, but they’re fickle: Ninety-nine percent of microbial species won’t grow in labs. So Kim Lewis’ team at Northeastern University in Boston devised a method to isolate microbes in their natural environment to test their therapeutic potential.

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