Germ zapper

A compound found in nature kills certain bacteria in a new way.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM May 19, 2006

You've probably experienced the power of antibiotics. These amazing medicines kill the bacteria that give you strep throat and other infections. Usually, you start feeling better after a day or two of treatment.


Antibiotics have become so widely used, however, that many bacteria have developed ways to survive treatment. And when antibiotics stop working, sick people end up getting sicker. Tens of thousands of people die each year as a result.














This microscope image shows clumps of Staphylococcus bacteria that are resistant to an antibiotic known as methicillin.


This microscope image shows clumps of...

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