Midnight In The Desert — anti-biotics

Houston, You Have a 'Superbug'

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Scientists discover way to improve effectiveness of antibiotics

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Scientists discover way to improve effectiveness of antibiotics

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have discovered that antibiotics can continue to be effective if bacteria's cell-to-cell communication and ability to latch on to each other are disrupted. This research breakthrough is a major step forward in tackling the growing concern of antibiotic resistance, opening up new treatment options for doctors to help patients fight against chronic and persistent bacterial infections. The study, led by Assistant Professor Yang Liang from the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences (SCELSE) at NTU, found that a community of bacteria, known as biofilm, can put up a strong line of defence...

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Newly Discovered Antibiotic is a Bacterial Triple Threat

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Newly Discovered Antibiotic is a Bacterial Triple Threat

Through billions of years of evolution microbes have evolved to produce a variety of antibiotics to battle their fellow bugs. And in the past, studying chemicals excreted by microbes has been a fruitful path to discovering new antibiotics. But astonishingly, microbiologists only work with about 1 percent of the microbial species found in the wild; the other 99 percent are finicky and refuse to grow in the lab. That’s part of the reason researchers haven’t discovered a new class of antibiotics in almost 30 years. In this latest study, the scientists found a clever workaround. They collected soil samples and...

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