• A Potentially Powerful New Antibiotic Is Discovered in Dirt

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    The world is facing an epidemic of infections that no longer respond well to the drugs used to treat them-also known as super bugs. In the United States, an estimated 2 million Americans are diagnosed each year with an infection that doesn't respond to antibiotics, and 23,000 will die from those infections. But New York and New Jersey researchers published a new paper in the journal Nature Microbiology about their hopeful discovery: a potentially new class of antibiotic that they found in dirt.
    In the lab, the researchers used a method to extract, clone and sequence DNA from soil samples...
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