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Antibiotic Resistance

  • Researchers Describe the Pump That Bacteria Use to Resist Antibiotics
    A research team led by Edward Yu of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has identified and described two parts of the three-part system that pumps toxins from bacteria and allows them to resist antibiotics. ...More
    February 24, 2011 Posted in News
  • Team Hopes to Trim Years Off Development Time of New Antibiotics
    Eliminating tens of thousands of manual lab experiments, two University of Houston (UH) professors are working toward a method to cut the development time of new antibiotics. While current practices typically last for more than a decade, a computerized modeling system being ...More
    February 11, 2011 Posted in News
  • Increasing Antibiotic Resistance, Patient Population Affect Growth of Drug Market
    A new report from Research and Markets, "Hospital Acquired Bacterial Infections Market to 2016 - Increasing Antibiotic Resistance and Increasing Population of Critically Ill Patients To Drive Growth,"provides in-depth analysis of the drivers and barriers that affect the ...More
    February 7, 2011 Posted in News
  • Gene 'Relocation' is Key to Most Evolutionary Change in Bacteria
    In a new study, scientists at the University of Maryland and the Institut Pasteur show that bacteria evolve new abilities, such as antibiotic resistance, predominantly by acquiring genes from other bacteria. The researchers new insights into the evolution of bacteria partly ...More
    January 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • Marine Scientists Exploring New Antibiotics
    Antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, or "superbugs," are on the rise, killing tens of thousands of people each year. As the critical need for new classes of antibiotics grows, scientists are looking for miracles in unexplored realms of the ocean. Marine microbes are an ...More
    January 20, 2011 Posted in News
  • Novel Antibiotic Combinations Fight Resistance Genes
    The combination the antibiotic ceftazidime plus the compound NXL104 is active against bacterial pathogens containing genes that confer resistance to multiple carbapenems, according to two papers published in the January 2011 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and ...More
    January 20, 2011 Posted in News
  • Can Predatory Bacteria Succeed Where Antibiotics Fail?
    There are predators in the bacterial world that consume other bacteria, much as predators attack prey in the animal world. A team led by researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Dental School suggests that some of these predator ...More
    January 12, 2011 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Resistance is Not Just Genetic
    Genetic resistance to antibiotics is not the only trick bacteria use to resist eradication– they also have a second defence strategy known as persistence that can kick in. Researchers reporting in the Journal of Medical Microbiology have now demonstrated for the first time ...More
    January 6, 2011 Posted in News
  • High Resistance Rates Among Acute Otitis Media Pathogens in Children
    As middle ear infections increase during the winter months, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) suggest that in many cases the most appropriate treatment is "watchful waiting" instead of using antibiotics immediately. The review, published in the ...More
    December 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Engineer Identifies New Concerns for Antibiotic Resistance, Pollution
    When an antibiotic is consumed, researchers have learned that up to 90 percent passes through a body without metabolizing. This means the drugs can leave the body almost intact through normal bodily functions. In the case of agricultural areas, excreted antibiotics can then ...More
    December 7, 2010 Posted in News