Scientists maybe, possibly just discovered an amazing new antibiotic
But the actual antibiotic isn’t even what researchers in the field are excited about.
Okay, the short of this: The thing that’s so exciting isn’t the possibility of the new antibiotic. That one still needs to go though human trials to be confirmed, so we shouldn’t get our hopes up.
No, the awesome thing here is the how. They are using something called an ichip, which acts like a tiny apartment complex, each diffusion chamber holding a single bacteria that gets access to the things it needs to grow but still in such a state that a scientist can pick it up and extract stuff for study. It can even grow things that can’t be grown in a lab, which allows for so much more possibilities for study.
In a pile of dirt. In a researcher’s backyard.
Imagine what people will find beyond that.