Penicillin originally came from a fungus, and with thousands of fungi to explore, Aotearoa New Zealand has a potential treasure trove of bacteria-killing compounds.
Science is rarely about an individual genius saving the day.
Resistance to antibiotics is not a new trait, and it is impossible to prevent. But it is possible to avoid its spread.
About 10% of people believe they’re allergic to penicillin. Only about 2% actually are.
As ophthalmologists, we’ve noticed an uptick in cases of vision problems caused by syphilis. Practising safe sex is important for our eye health too.
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.
Good science isn’t rooted in chance. It’s based on people with expertise being in the right place at the right time, equipped with enough knowledge to know what they’re looking at.
The serendipitous discovery of penicillin is a testament to the importance of observation.
Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 and revolutionised the treatment of bacterial infections. Ever since then we have been searching for new antibiotics.