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Tammy Tran


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Science

Dirt, bacteria and NYT crosswords: Tammy Tran’s search for the next antibiotic

I stared blankly at my phone as I read an incoming message, “Sorry, I forgot the dirt.” I was devastated. I really needed that bag of dirt. I had asked my friend to pack me a bag of soil when he was away in New Jersey for the weekend. Inside that bag would have been an assortment of bacteria, too numerous to count, fighting with each other for space and resources. 

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