Researchers Discover New Antibiotics by Sifting Through the Human Microbiome

November 16, 2016

Most antibiotics in use today are based on natural molecules produced by bacteria--and given the rise of antibiotic resistance, there's an urgent need to find more of them. Yet coaxing bacteria to produce new antibiotics is a tricky proposition. Most bacteria won't grow in the lab. And even when they do, most of the genes that cause them to churn out molecules with antibiotic properties never get switched on.

Slide Show: Microbiome & Antibiotic Resistance

October 10, 2016

As part of its continued efforts to protect patients and slow antibiotic resistance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investing in research to discover and develop new ways to prevent antibiotic-resistant infections an