Baltic Amber Gives Rise to Paleopharmaceuticals

Each year in the U.S., at least 2.8 million people get antibiotic-resistant infections, leading to 35,000 deaths, according to the U.S. CDC. Ancient amber (fossilized tree resin) have been used by humans in Baltic countries for medicinal purposes for centuries. Now, researchers from the University of Minnesota have pinpointed compounds that help explain Baltic amber’s therapeutic effects and that could lead to new medicines to combat antibiotic-resistant infections.