Chlorine Treatment Can Accelerate Antibiotic Resistance, Study Says

As anyone who’s ever owned a pet fish or gone to a public swimming pool knows, chlorine is commonly used to disinfect water. Ironically, when it comes to sewage treatment, it may be doing just the opposite.

We Found A New Antibiotic, And A New Way To Find Antibiotics

Amidst the onslaught of bad news about antibiotic resistance, here’s something very good: Scientists have found a new class of antibiotics in soil bacteria, one whose mechanism could make it particularly resistant to resistance. More significant than this single new antibiotic, though, is how scientists found it.

Why The First Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug Found In Food Is A Big Deal

In very bad news, a superbug resistant to last-resort antibiotics was found in imported squid, according to a report this week. This is a scary development in antibiotic resistance — even if you don’t eat squid. Here is why one small finding has frightening implications.

Deadly Superbugs Are Breeding Like Crazy In Chinese Sewage Plants

Gird your immune system because what you’re about to read will make you sick. No, seriously, it’s dangerous. Contagion-level dangerous.

Australian Scientists Accidentally Discover Incredible Bacteria-Killing Surface

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you never had to worry about germs crawling around on your kitchen countertop? Well, thanks to a new discovery by Aussie scientists, that could soon be a reality. And it doesn’t require a drop of disinfectant.

Next Generation Antibiotics Could Be Turned On And Off Using Light

As we continue fighting the most dastardly pathogens with new and improved antibiotics, the list of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains only grows longer — leaving us somewhat helpless against the threat of superbugs.

New Antibiotics Don't So Much Kill Germs As They Do Disarm Them

The latest innovation in antibacterial drugs have moved past killing harmful cells. Instead, they just deactivate the parts of the cell that cause problems in the human body. It’s kinda like taking a gun away from someone instead of shooting them first.

Millennia-Old Strains Of Bacteria Can Resist Drugs They've Never Met

“Why won’t you just DIE?!” That’s what researchers probably said to strains of seven-million-year-old bacterium discovered in the depths of New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns. They found that these hidden organisms have very similar immunities as bacteria that have developed resistances after decades interactions with modern drugs.

Researchers May Have Found SuperStaph Origins

Doctors always suspected that our heavy reliance on antibiotics is what spurred the rise MRSA, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the staphylococcus “super germ.” Turns out it may not have been us, but rather our porcine population.

Too Many Antibiotics Are Making You Fat

By age 18, most people have had up to 20 doses of antibiotics. And that might be making us fat.