We Need New Antibiotics, But Why Aren’t They Being Made?
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We Need New Antibiotics, But Why Aren’t They Being Made?

Antibiotics once seemed like a miracle cure for infectious diseases. The time between the 1930s and 1970s was the pinnacle of the antibiotic discovery era.  But since then, antibiotics development has dwindled. What happened? In 1928, the biologist Alexander Fleming returned to the lab from holiday. He began to sort through petri dishes containing Staphylococcus bacteria and came upon one plate that was contaminated with a blob of mold. Upon closer examination, the zone immediately surrounding the mold was clear...

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