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Survey of New York City soil uncovers medicine-making microbes

Survey of New York City soil uncovers medicine-making microbesSifting soil from city parks, scientists have found microbial genes capable of making compounds whose potent effects can make them valuable tools in the fight against disease. Their research suggests that many more await discovery, even in a place as mundane as urban dirt. More »

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In the News – BBC News – Brady

Drugs in dirt: Scientists appeal for help “Dr. [Sean] Brady, head of the Laboratory of Genetically Encoded Small Molecules, said: ‘We hope that efforts to map nature’s microbial and chemical diversity will result in the discovery of both completely new … More »

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Researchers find new path to antibiotics in dirt

The bacteria teeming in the earth’s soil produce some of the most powerful medicines we have. But only one percent of these potentially life-saving bugs has been studied because they are hard to grow in the lab. Now scientists at The Rockefeller University have taken the genetic material from a cup of dirt in Utah and derived a new family of antibiotics as strong as any used today. More »

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