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Pallab Ghosh

Science correspondent, BBC News

Researchers show that it might be possible to develop an alternative to antibiotics for treating diseases in pigs and humans

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Antibiotics

The tale of antibiotics is a cautionary one, and economic incentives are often to blame.

In 1928 a young bacteriologist named Alexander Fleming failed to tidy up his petri dishes before going home to Scotland on holiday. On his return, he famously noticed that one dish had become mouldy in his absence, and the mould was killing the bacteria he'd used the dish to cultivate. It's hard to overstate the impact of antibiotics on medicine, farming and the way we live. But, as Tim Harford explains, the story of antibiotics is a cautionary one. And unhelpful economic incentives are in large part to blame. Producer: Ben Crighton Editors: Richard Knight and Richard Vadon.

The wisdom of drawing blood from a dragon

The world's largest lizard could provide a cure for antibiotic resistance

Scientists in the US have discovered that blood from the Komodo dragon has the potential to stop some of the worst infections, including those from antibiotic resistant bacteria. Professor Monique van Hoek is one of the researchers involved in the experiment. (Photo: A group of Komodo dragons feast on a fresh goat carcass inside a zoo in Indonesia. Credit: Juni Kriswanto/AFP/Getty Images)