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A Doctor Who Dalek Is Helping Exterminate Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

A Dalek standing in the foyer of the BBC’s broadcasting building in London was recently found to contain an interesting compound that could be used to solve an ongoing medical crisis.


That Scary Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug Is Now In The US

Earlier this month, a frightening report warned of an antibiotic-resistant superbug which might kill as many as 10 million people worldwide by 2050. Now it looks like the first case of that superbug has been documented in the US.


Feeding Cows Antibiotics Could Be Much Worse Than We Thought

We’ve heard a lot about how stuffing cows full of antibiotics is accelerating the superbug apocalypse. That alone should convince us to stop, but if you needed more evidence, here’s another dirty secret: antibiotics could be making cows gassier and boosting their contribution to global warming.


Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Could Kill 10 Million People A Year By 2050

An 18-month review into antimicrobial resistance warns that superbugs will kill upwards of 10 million people a year by 2050, a frightening prospect that’s being described as “the antibiotic apocalypse”.


Scientists Want To Use Predators To Fight Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics far more quickly than humans are discovering new ones. That’s why a DARPA-funded research team is exploring a fascinating new way we might win the war against germs: not with drugs, but with predatory bacteria that sound like monsters from science fiction.


Smart Video Reveals How Antibiotics May Have Created A Dangerous Apocalyptic Scenario

Video: Kurzgesagt details the “antibiotic apocalypse” in their latest video and it’s a doozy. Basically, our willy nilly use of antibiotics to treat illness and our irresponsible antibiotic use in animals have created bacteria that have become superbugs. These superbugs are now immune to those antibiotics, which could lead to a pandemic. Luckily, it’s not all bad! As bacteria evolves, we get smarter too. So it’s a race to stay ahead of the doom, basically.


Microbes That Cause UTIs Use Hooks To Hold On While We Pee 

Urinary tract infections are typically caused by a bacterium that somehow manages to creep its way into the bladder, despite the intense pressures exerted by urination. It turns out these microbes use hooks to cling on in desperation while we pee.


The Drink Of Viking Warlords Could Help Fight Disease

The post-antibiotic future sounds terrifying, but here’s one upside you didn’t imagine: swilling Viking crunk juice to stay alive. New research suggests that mead, the vitality drink of gods and berserkers alike, was a potent medicine in ancient times. And with science, we can make it even better.


Resistance To 'Last Resort' Antibiotic Discovered In Denmark

Last month, researchers at South China Agricultural University in Guangzhouin made an alarming discovery: a gene that causes bacteria to become resistant to colistin, a so-called “last resort” antibiotic. Now, New Scientist reports that the resistance gene MCR-1 has been found half a world away in Denmark — and a global hunt for more cases is on.


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.


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