antibiotic resistance

The world is in the midst of a global “superbug” crisis. Antibiotic resistance has been found in numerous common bacterial infections, including tuberculosis, gonorrhoea and salmonellosis, making them difficult – if not impossible – to treat. We’re on the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era”, where there are fewer treatment options for such antibiotic-resistant strains. Given… Read more

Antibiotic resistance is spreading fast all over the world. When infectious bacteria mutate in a certain way and then multiply, they can become resistant to even the most powerful drugs. But research has revealed a worrying alternative way that antibiotic resistance can spread: an organism that passes on its resistance on to other living bacteria… Read more

Cigarette smoke can cause MRSA bacterial strains to become more resistant to antibiotics, new research from the University of Bath indicates. Furthermore, cigarette smoke exposure can make some strains of Staphylococcus aureus – a microbe present in 30-60% of the global population and responsible for many diseases, some fatal — more invasive and persistent, although… Read more

Catechol, an adhesive found in mussel proteins, shows promise for smart glues – a small jolt of electricity can turn the stickiness on and off – but that’s not its only potential use, a team of engineers discovered. In microgel form, it reduces the ability of bacteria and virus to infect by at least 99… Read more

An international team has reported the discovery of a new class of antibiotics. The antibiotic is unique and promising on two fronts: its unconventional source and its distinct way of killing bacteria, both of which suggest the compound may be effective at treating drug-resistant or hard-to-treat bacterial infections. Called odilorhabdins, or ODLs, the antibiotics are… Read more