“Bug Zappers” — The Discovery Files

Fighting infection is an on-going battle that keeps picking up speed. Bacteria can adapt to new drugs very quickly, so the key is try and stay several steps ahead of the bugs — exactly what researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are aiming to do. They have discovered a clever method to test large numbers of molecules quickly and efficiently, offering hope for the discovery of new classes of antibiotics. This is one step forward on the long road to drug development.