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Resistance to our current antibiotics means we are in desperate need of new ones. We are running out of candidates because we have depleted the pool of novel antibiotics we can grow our old methods. From an ingenious method to culture what once were uncultivable bacteria, researchers discovered a completely novel antibiotic. Not only does it appear to be nearly immune to resistance, but it also works in a living animal. canada goose store This is a very auspicious beginning to the bacterial goosesale mining process. By developing this novel technique, canada goose clearance we can now culture bacteria in their native environment and expand the pool’ by nearly 50 fold. Hopefully these discoveries are just the tip of the iceberg canada goose coats on sale.