Arctic Bacteria Could Form Foundation of Lifesaving Drugs: Researchers

Bacteria growing in the Arctic could provide researchers with new antibiotics, a field that’s getting more urgent as time goes on.

Because it’s not cost-effective for pharmaceutical companies to search for new antibiotics, they’re coming onto the market less, while bacteria are becoming resistant to many of the current antibiotics. 

“If no one finds new antibiotics for common infections, what will happen is we will go back to the pre-antibiotic age in which a simple cut could turn into an infection that becomes deadly,” said Marcel Jaspars, founder of the PharmaSea project.