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This Microbe Is Spreading Antibiotic Resistance To Other Bacteria

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. […]

Cigarette Smoke Makes MRSA Superbug More Drug-Resistant

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 […]

Odilorhabdins – A New Class Of Ribosome-targeting Antibiotics

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 […]

Drug-resistant Bacteria Can Evolve Collateral Sensitivity

Antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas infections in cystic fibrosis patients show predictable sensitivities to other classes of antibiotics. This could lead to new ways of optimizing treatments for chronic infections, a new study from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at the Technical University of Denmark suggests. “Our discovery of widespread antibiotic sensitivities in the multidrug-resistant pathogen […]