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Interactive video lesson plan for: Cockroaches, Alligators & Other Weird Sources of New Drugs

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Some of humanity’s favorite antibiotics are starting to lose their mojo, in the face of smart, sneaky, and rapidly-evolving bacteria. To find new drugs to combat these superbugs, scientists are looking in some weird new places, like cockroaches’ brains, the blood of alligators, and more.
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