It’s not just a modern problem. Airborne toxins are so pernicious that they may have shaped our DNA over millions of years.
A new web tool speeds the discovery of drugs to kill Gram-negative bacteria, which are responsible for the vast majority of antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths. The team that developed the tool also used it to convert a drug effective only against Gram-positive bacteria into one that also kills several Gram-negative infections.
Consumer genomics is making it easier than ever to identify individuals from anonymous DNA databases. Even if you’ve never spit in a tube.