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NYC dirt has scientists digging for antibiotic success   “Researchers at The Rockefeller University in New York City have found that bacteria extracted from local parks contain genes that might encode drug-like molecules like antibiotics, immunosuppressants, and cancer-curing agents. ‘Almost … More »

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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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Searching for drugs in dirt, researchers call on citizen scientists

dirtonscale_thumb_2014 Soil microbes are believed to make a wealth of as-yet undiscovered molecules, including antibiotics. But getting at them isn’t easy. To make these potentially helpful bugs easier to find, researchers want to create maps, and they need help.
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