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Science Diction: The Origin Of 'Antibiotic'

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 8:37am

Selman Waksman, the microbiologist who discovered streptomycin, first used the word antibiotic in the medical sense in 1943. Science historian Howard Markel talks about how it was actually a Naval officer who first coined antibiotic in 1860, to describe an opposition to the belief in life beyond Earth.

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