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Who discovered the antibiotic streptomycin?

Find out which scientist invented the antibiotic streptomycin.

The antibiotic streptomycin was created to fight tuberculosis. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
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The antibiotic streptomycin was created to fight tuberculosis.

The Russian-born microbiologist Selman A. Waksman (1888-1973) coined the term antibiotic and subsequently discovered streptomycin in 1943.

In 1944 Merck and Company agreed to produce it to be used against tuberculosis and tuberculosis meningitis. Because the drug can adversely affect hearing and balance, careful control of dosage is needed.

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