Microbiologist Dr Jake Malone
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How soil could provide tomorrow's antibiotic drugs

US scientists have called out for soil samples from around the globe after finding 'hotspots' of naturally occurring micro-organisms and agents in New Mexico, Brazil and India that could help develop future medicines.

Microbiologist Dr Jake Malone from Norwich says soil is home to millions of different micro-organisms like fungi and bacteria, which could take between five and 10 years to develop into tomorrow's drugs.

Jo Black reports.

  • 20 Jan 2015
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