As deadly 'superbugs' outsmart antibiotics, a Penn scientist uses artificial intelligence to design new ones
from The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ever since the accidental discovery of penicillin in 1928, the main strategy to find other lifesaving antibiotics has been to make that type of accident happen on purpose: identify chemical compounds that kill bacteria in nature and repurpose them for use in humans. Yet in every case, bacteria have begun to outsmart these lifesaving medicines, sometimes developing resistance less than a year after the drugs are introduced. And no major new class of antibiotics has been developed in decades.
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