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.