dyed-fiber-dryingI recently finished reading a book (actually listening to the audiobook) called ‘The Demon Under the Microscope’ by Thomas Hagar. One of the many things I learned was that the dye industry was the source of the first antibiotic drug, a sulfa drug. The German scientists who were searching for a drug to combat bacterial infections were originally synthetic dye chemists. They reasoned that since dyes attach to things, they might find a dye that would attach to bacteria and also have anti-bacterial properties.

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