Mizzou researchers found the antibiotic that fought bubonic plague. That work goes on | Opinion

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Christopher Daubert

Nov. 17, 2023
Contact: Courtney Perrett, 573-882-6217, cperrett@missouri.edu

In this op-ed, Christopher Daubert, dean of the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, reflects on the anniversary of the discovery of antibiotics by Mizzou scientists at Sanborn Field. Finding this bacterium proved to have life-saving potential, from forming the antibiotics used to cure tuberculosis and the bubonic plague to refining techniques for crop rotation and manure — technical advances still used today. Daubert calls for the continued support and funding of fundamental scientific research, much of which occurs within the academy.

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