Antibiotic alternatives: ‘We kind of pride ourselves in my research group of doing the crazy stuff’

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As the world loses its upper hand in the antibiotic arms race, it raises the specter of un-treatable infections resulting from routine surgeries. But a Canadian scientist has discovered a surprising source of potential antibiotic options. Over the past few months, there’s been grim evidence of the march to a post-antibiotic world. Last week, for instance, U.S. researchers said they’d identified what could be the … Read More

Antibacterial Ingredients in Indoor Dust Could Contribute to Antibiotic Resistance

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To better understand the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers have been piecing together its contributing factors. Now in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, scientists report for the first time a link between antimicrobial substances such as triclosan in indoor dust and levels of antibiotic-resistance genes, which can transfer from one bacterial cell to another. The overuse of antibiotics … Read More