• Drug-resistant bacteria are quickly outpacing new antibiotic development

    12 days ago - By News Medical

    Experts predict that without intervention, the problem of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections could be catastrophic by 2050, killing nearly 10 million people each year.
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  • Phages kill dystentery-causing bacteria and reduce virulence in surviving bacteria

    12 days ago - By ScienceDaily

    Phages are viruses that infect bacteria and can also be used to treat human infections. However, as with antibiotics, bacteria can readily evolve resistance to phage attack, highlighting a key limitation to the use of phages as therapeutics. Now, researchers have shown that the naturally occurring phage A1-1 kills Shigella flexneri, a major cause of dysentery in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia and selects for phage-resistant mutants with reduced virulence.
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