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A Better "Plate"


Fantastic article about culturing bacteria (soil, tidal, in the human mouth, etc.) in new containers. There are some business ideas here as well:

"When other scientists email Epstein to ask where they can buy ichips, he sends them instructions for making their own."

So some supply company ought to start making those for scientists working in this area. Given that this is a new field for drug discovery, that should start happening _soon_.

Short form: marine biologist from the former Soviet Union got real interested in tidal flat bacteria and figured out how to culture them. In partnership with someone else interested in figuring out alternative ways to culture bacteria, they've found many new bacteria species AND identified multiple, completely novel antibiotics.