New research on antibiotic resistance

27 07 2017

A new and iconoclastic analysis of antibiotic resistance got a lot of media coverage today.

And it reminded me of one of my very favourite scientific stories of all time. At the start of WWII, a team of Oxford biologists were working as fast as they could to extract and characterize the anti-microbial compound they had discovered in some moulds.  The very day that they finally had their first real breakthrough, finding that this compound could actually keep bacteria-infected mice from dying, team member Norman Heatley’s diary mainly focused on…

…the fact that he was working so hard, he’d accidentally come to the lab with his underpants on back to front.