The growth and spread of antibiotics-resistant bacteria has been revealed by scientists in a timelaspe video showing a ‘superbug’ fighting against drugs.

In a creative stroke inspired by Hollywood wizardry, scientists have designed a simple way to observe how bacteria move as they become impervious to drugs.

Filmed to show the evolution of bacteria on a ‘mega-plate’ Petri dish measuring 2ft by 4ft, the film reveals a much more exciting lab experiment than most of us saw in a standard secondary school science class.

The experiment, conducted by scientists at Harvard University Medical School , used nine bands with different amounts of antibiotic in the agar – from a low concentration at the dges to a gradually increasing concentration near the centre.

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