Discoveries Magazine



Antibacterial Warfare

Scientists Forge Path to More Effective Staph Vaccines Illustration: Benedetto Cristofani For years, medical investigators have tried and failed to develop vaccines for the deadly superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). But a new study at Cedars-Sinai shows how the staph Read On

Antibiotics vs. Superbugs

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an antibiotic-immune superbug that causes some 80,000 infections and 11,000 related deaths per year. Cedars-Sinai investigators suggest the main treatment against staph bacteria — beta-lactam antibiotics — may actually may make patients sicker.

The Accidental Idea

From the chance discovery of quinine as a malaria treatment in the 17th century to Alexander Fleming’s accidental encounter with penicillium mold in 1928, some of medicine’s most important advances have occurred through serendipity or error. Call them happy accidents. Read On