Everything Worth Knowing About ... Antibiotic Resistance

Can we get ahead of their wily ways?

In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, but the revolutionary antibiotic didn’t reach the masses until 1945, after two Oxford scientists developed the necessary large-scale production method. In the intervening 17 years between discovery and distribution, Fleming continued to experiment with small batches of penicillin on several bacterial pathogens, including Staphylococcus. In the process, he unearthed the earliest signs of a phenomenon that now plagues medicine almost a centu...

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