17/01/2005 American microbiologist Albert Schatz dies
Finding Dr. Schatz: The Discovery of Streptomycin and a Life It Saved
Schatz is known for his discovery of the antibiotic streptomycin. He isolated it from Streptomyces griseus. The substance stopped the growth of tubercle bacillus and several other penicillin-resistant bacteria in a petri dish. It works by blocking the ability of 30S ribosomal subunits to make proteins which results in bacterial death.