Waste products from factories like this could hold the key to more novel antibiotic discoveries.
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Discovery of a new antibiotic compound from a Nigerian environment is good news for researchers in this field.
A giant ant carries a dead fellow in the name of cleanliness.
Ants produce their own antimicrobial chemicals to fight bacteria.
Bloodletting was treatment for infection in the past.
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While some ancient therapies proved effective enough that they are still used in some form today, on the whole they just aren’t as good as modern antimicrobials at treating infections.
Good thing we don’t have superbugs in hospital yet.
Reviving old remedies doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know.
Medicine residues that we flush down the toilet can affect fish and other wildlife.
It’s not a thought that occurs to most of us, but flushing the toilet doesn’t just mean disposing of our bodily waste. We’re also flushing away some of the medicine we take down with it. Our contraceptive…