Our quest to find new antibiotics has taken a turn — a turn down the road, that is. A team of scientists from the University of Oklahoma is scooping up roadkill and searching for bacteria on them that might yield the world’s next antibiotic.

The research — which discovered a potential antibiotic found in the ear of a dead opossum — was led by OU’s Robert H. Cichewicz, principal investigator of the Natural Products Discovery Group and director of the Institute for Natural Products Applications and Research Technologies, and was published in the Journal of Natural Products.

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