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Canada’s caves and sewage lagoons are fuelling Naowarat Cheeptham’s search for treatments to kill superbugs.

"We find microbes in that (subterranean) soil," says the Kamloops' Thomson Rivers University microbiologist. "Pristine organisms that haven't contacted surface life in any way. When we put them in contact with drug resistance bacteria, we get fascinating results."

Murky wastewater also holds promise for battling superbugs, she says, explaining that it’s rich in phages, a type of virus that’s deadly to certain forms of bacteria. Her goal: finding as many medical options as possible to save lives.

Al Jazeera

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