On October 17, 1943, a story in the New York Herald Tribune read “Many laymen — husbands, wives, parents, brothers, sisters, friends — beg Dr. Keefer for penicillin,” according to the American Chemical Society. Dr. Chester Keefer of Boston was responsible for rationing the new miracle drug, penicillin.

Fast forward nearly 75 years. Penicillin, our magic bullet, no longer kills the most dangerous bacteria — due to rapidly accelerating rates of antibiotic resistance. Scientists have been in a race against time to find new antibiotics to handle the superbugs, disease-causing bacteria resistant… more


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