This Toolkit Lets Citizen Scientists Help Discover New Drugs

By: Katherine Pendrill - Oct 9, 2015
References: post-biotics & fastcoexist
Designer Vidhi Mehta is producing an innovative toolkit that lets citizen scientists help researchers discover new drugs. In recent years, scientists have become increasingly concerned about the issue of antibiotic resistance. This kid-friendly toolkit provides a way for ordinary citizens to help combat the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Mehta's toolkit is called 'Post/Biotics' and it is designed for ordinary citizens to help discover new drugs. The kit consists of a pop-up laboratory that can be used to test samples against non-pathogenic bacteria. If a material does have antimicrobial properties, it will instantly change color. Once a user has tested their sample, they can send the results to an online database. Researchers can then use the database to track potential antimicrobials. The kit can be used by anyone, including students who may be interested in learning about drug discovery.

The Post/Biotics kit provides a way for average citizens to support scientific research.