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Science, Tech & Environment

Scientists have engineered a bacteria with a genetic 'kill switch'

"This device will self-destruct in 10 seconds: 10...9...8...7..." How many times have you seen that in an action or sci-fi thriller? Can you imagine that scenario involving bacteria? If not, it may be time to start: genetic engineers have created strains of bacteria designed to die on their own in the absence of a synthetic compound that does not exist anywhere in nature.

Health & Medicine

Scientists discover a potent new antibiotic

Antibiotics, among the most extraordinary drugs of the last hundred years, mostly come from a very ordinary source: dirt. But that source has been slowly exhausted, since 99 percent of the microbes in dirt can't be cultured in a lab. Now, a group of scientists has developed a new technique for cultivating bacteria on their home turf, so to speak: right in the dirt, where they grow best. The results are a game-changer.

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Ira Flatow is the host and executive producer of Science Friday.