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    Dirty drugs

    When you think about it, it makes sense that a green antibiotic would come from dirt. The University City Science Center is developing a greener form of the antibiotic Clarithromycin. Commonly used to treat pneumonia, bronchitis and ear infections, the current form of the drug requires a lot of chemicals and produces waste.

    As Meggan Kole reports, the Science Center has found a way to produce Clarithromycin using microbes found in dirt. The result is a greener, cheaper treatment.

     

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