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The Billion Year Quest For New Antibiotics

Less than a century since the discovery of antibiotics, superbugs are becoming resistant to them. Can we find new antibiotics before they all stop working?

Sir Alexander Fleming saw this first hand.

The first antibiotic

But after Fleming’s accidental discovery, the tide of war began to change.

What happened?

But the way we have used (or more precisely misused) antibiotics has only intensified the problem.

It’s economics.

It means our drugs need to evolve in step with the bacteria.

Bacteria far outnumber us.

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