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Renewing Hope Against Bacteria


Slavia Epstein | Northeastern University

A handful of dirt from a field has yielded what may be the first of a new family of antibiotics. Early tests suggest this one has the potential to be especially powerful, providing a new weapon against the growing threat of drug-resistant superbugs.

Scientists at Northeastern University in Boston and a small company called NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals used a new method to find the compound, which appears to bypass the many different tricks that germs have for getting around the effects of antibiotics.

Click here to read more from this January 7, 2014 CNBC story by Maggie Fox.


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