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Bacteria Resistant To 'Last Resort' Antibiotics Discovered

Don’t panic (you should probably panic), but a team of researchers has discovered the first known example of a resistance gene, present in animals and some human infections, for a type of antibiotic known as colistin — the so-called ‘last resort’ antibiotic.

Meanwhile In The Future: When Antiobiotics Stop Working

This week’s episode of Meanwhile in the Future gets very scary, very quickly. And we’re not going all that far into the future, either. We’re already starting to see the beginnings of an age without antibiotics. So what does a world without these drugs look like? Listen to find out.

Scientists Are Brewing Medieval Potions To Fight Hospital Superbugs

Last month, a microbiology lab in Nottingham, England made international headlines when it unearthed a substance that kills methicillin-resistant staph, one of the deadliest superbugs of modern times. The most astounding part about the find? It was a 1000-year-old Viking potion.

Cattle Yard Aroma Carries Antibiotics And Antibiotic-Resistant DNA

You don’t need to see a cattle yard to identify its existence; the smell alone is usually enough. Now, though, you’re breathing in not just the aromatic compounds you likely know well — but a selection of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant DNA too.

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.

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