The ILIAD Project – crowdsourcing antibiotic research

The ILIAD Project is launching what they describe as the first “Massively Multi-Scientist Open Experiment (MMOW)”, whereby participants will perform experiments at home in an attempt to help identify new antibiotics.  This comes at a time when the world is entering a ‘post anti-biotic era’, where bacteria are evolving resistance to antibiotics faster than we can invent new ones (read this post for more on that).

You can support the ILIAD Project on Indiegogo; they have a ways to go yet to reach their funding goal so please consider helping them out!  Most antibiotics to date have been accidental or lucky discoveries…a project like this has a lot of potential!