Science is rarely about an individual genius saving the day.
Antibiotic resistance can spread between microbes within hours.
Resistance to antibiotics is not a new trait, and it is impossible to prevent. But it is possible to avoid its spread.
High-tech ways to scan nature’s own creations.
Pharmaceutical companies focus on small molecules they’ve devised – and can easily patent. But nature’s already come up with many antibacterial compounds that drug designers could use to make medicines.
Green colonies of allergenic fungus Penicillium from air spores on a petri dish. Penicillin was the first antibiotic.
We’ve been told for a long time that we must take all of our antibiotics. But maybe we didn’t need so many to begin with. Here’s why.