AI finds strong, new antibiotic

The growth in antibiotic-resistant microbes has been a problem for years — and we’ve had no real plan on how to deal with it. Currently, this results in about 35,000 deaths per year in the U.S., and predictions are that the global number will exceed 10 million deaths per year by 2050. With the help of machine learning algorithms (i.e., “AI”), researchers at MIT have come up with a new compound that has so far proven effective in combating E. coli bacteria that are immune to all other known antibiotics, along with a list of 8 other potential new antibiotics. 

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