A Giant Petri Dish Chock-Full Of Superbugs Shows Evolution As It Happens: STAT

Antibiotics are failing us on a catastrophic scale. Once a magic bullet against infectious diseases, they've grown increasingly impotent as bacteria have evolved resistance. An estimated 700,000 people die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and within a few decades, that toll may rise to several million. Yet this catastrophe is strangely invisible. You can't see the…

Science Happens! | Episode 10 | Studying superbugs on a giant plate

"A team of scientists have built a large petri dish to study antibiotic resistance. The research is helping them better understand the evolution of antibiotic resistance and how to keep these drugs effective." (Source: STAT via Vimeo)

The Evolution of Bacteria on a “Mega-Plate” Petri Dish (Kishony Lab)

"n a creative stroke inspired by Hollywood wizardry, scientists from the Kishony Lab at HMS and Technion (www.technion.ac.il/en/) have designed a simple way to observe how bacteria move as they become impervious to drugs. The experiments are thought to provide the first large-scale glimpse of the maneuvers of bacteria as they encounter increasingly higher doses of antibiotics and adapt to survive—and thrive—in them. Read the full story at hms.harvard.edu/news/bugs-film" (Source: Harvard Medical School)