Tag Archives: Antibiotics

Doomed? No, science can still save us

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Person-Doomed-science-save/story-28318859-detail/story.html Recently there were stories in the media about a new superbug that might kill us all. This started with the discovery of bacteria in China which are resistant to the drugs used when all other treatments have failed. So … Continue reading

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Drug-resistant superbugs can be eliminated by faecal transplants

The gut is an important reservoir for drug-resistant bacteria responsible for life-threatening hospital-acquired infections. Continue reading

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Bio-Control of Salmonella in Foods Using Bacteriophages

I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to the idea that “phage therapy” is going to save us when the antibiotics fail. There have been enough clinical trails now to show that this cannot be true, at least … Continue reading

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A 1,000-Year-Old Remedy For MRSA

While the antibiotic potential of some materials used in historical medicine has been demonstrated, empirical tests of entire remedies are scarce. This is an important omission, because the efficacy of “ancientbiotics” could rely on the combined activity of their various … Continue reading

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Bacterial swarms recruit cargo bacteria in toxic environments

A new paper in mBio shows a novel mechanism for the spread of antibiotic resistance. Continue reading

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Antibiotics – let's clean up our act

Are antibiotic residues is sewage a risk to human health and the environment? Continue reading

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New Broad-Spectrum Peptide Antibiotic Targets Biofilms

A new peptide antibiotic suggests a new strategy in the fight against bacterial infections. Continue reading

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The battle against TB

We need to be critical and questioning about where we acquire information and how we react to it. Continue reading

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Life in the Post-Antibiotic Era

Last week I was struck by this article in The Verge, Dead meat: how to raise livestock in a post-antibiotic era. I was particularly interested in this because only a week earlier I had been teaching our first year students … Continue reading

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