Antibiotic resistance is a huge problem in medicine these days, and perhaps the most definitive example of Darwinian evolution one could ask for. Without some progress on this phenomenon, we are soon going to return to the 19th century when it comes to treating infectious disease.
If the experimental extract from Aspergillosis versicolor described in this Wall Street Journal article can overcome the antibiotic resistance we are now seeing in all kinds of infectious organisms, it will be the greatest contribution to human health from the Kingdom of Fungi since the discovery of penicillin. There will surely be a Nobel Prize in the cards for the person who perfects it. Let’s hope it pans out.