British Microbiologist Crowdsources Efforts To Discover New Antibiotics From Environmental Samples
The Atlantic: Hunting for Antibiotics in the World’s Dirtiest Places
“…[Microbiologist Adam Roberts] decided to start where pharmaceutical chemistry had left off decades earlier: in the messy real-world settings where bacteria duke it out. He launched his campaign, called Swab and Send, in February 2015. For £5, participants got a sample tube, a mailing envelope, and an explanation of what Roberts wanted them to look for: a spot in the environment where bacteria were likely to be competing for nutrition and room to reproduce. He asked them to use their imagination. The less sanitary, the better…” (McKenna, July/August 2017).