January 20, 2015 | David

I like dirt. It's easy to ignore, but each bit of soil underfoot is home to millions of little creatures. And some of them might save human lives.

The recent discovery of a new class of antibiotic in a soil bacterium has prompted a global call to search soil from exotic places for more of them. Researchers are asking the public to send them soil samples - from forest floors, creepy caves, boiling bogs or anywhere else. So get outside, explore nature and help science fight disease. I think it's a brilliant idea!

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Scientists will analyse thousands of soil samples from all over the world.

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