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Glaxo presses on to find the next critical antibiotic

Despite the rise of superbugs, big pharma has largely exited antibiotic research because of low payoff

Penicillin changed the world; infections that previously killed people were now treatable, paving the way for safer operations from organ transplants to hip replacements.


IN A cramped lab in rural Penn-sylvania, surrounded by technicians in obligatory white lab coats and fume hoods leaking an occasional acrid smell, Neil Pearson holds up a plastic model of a chemical compound that resembles a spidery piece of Lego.

Mr Pearson, a 54-year-old...

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