antimicrobial
Will Komodo Dragons Yield the Next Blockbuster Antibiotic?
Will Komodo Dragons Yield the Next Blockbuster Antibiotic?
Jef Akst | May 1, 2017
The giant lizards have numerous microbicidal compounds in their blood.
Nanotechnology Could Conquer Hospital-Acquired Infections
Nanotechnology Could Conquer Hospital-Acquired Infections
Edward D. Marks and Steven Smith | May 1, 2016
Metal ions and materials with nanoscale patterns can kill even antibiotic-resistant pathogens. 
Holding Their Ground
Holding Their Ground
Amanda B. Keener | Feb 1, 2016
To protect the global food supply, scientists want to understand—and enhance—plants’ natural resistance to pathogens.
Plant Immunity
Plant Immunity
Amanda B. Keener | Feb 1, 2016
How plants fight off pathogens
Fat to the Rescue
Fat to the Rescue
Jenny Rood | Jan 5, 2015
Adipocytes under the skin help fight infections by producing an antimicrobial agent.
Shark Skin-Like Surface Fights MRSA
Shark Skin-Like Surface Fights MRSA
Jef Akst | Sep 17, 2014
Surfaces covered in a micropattern mimicking the ridges of shark skin could reduce the spread of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other superbugs in hospitals.
Ladybird Bioterrorists
Ladybird Bioterrorists
Ruth Williams | May 16, 2013
The Asian harlequin ladybird carries a biological weapon to wipe out competing species.
Reading Tea Leaves
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2012
Cyclic peptides, discovered in an African tea used to speed labor and delivery, may hold potential as drug-stabilizing scaffolds, antibiotics, and anticancer drugs.
The Age-Old Fight Against Antibiotics
Cristina Luiggi | Aug 31, 2011
Researchers find antibiotic resistance genes in 30,000-year-old bacteria, suggesting such resistance is not a modern phenomenon.
Mining Bacterial Small Molecules
L. Caetano M. Antunes, Julian E. Davies and B. Brett Finlay | Jan 1, 2011
As much as rainforests or deep-sea vents, the human gut holds rich stores of microbial chemicals that should be mined for their pharmacological potential.