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Scientists sift soil for new antibiotics

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Scientists are looking at diverse sources — such as soil and frog skins — for new antibiotics, worried that doctors will run out of options to treat increasingly antibiotic-resistant infections.

Doctors fear they may exhaust their antibiotic treatment options because simple infections could become medical emergencies if there are no longer drugs to treat them.

At age 30, Stephanie Verge of Toronto became infected with an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph known as MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, after a same-day gynecological procedure.
 
 

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