Viruses have gotten a bad rap for the many illnesses and pandemics they’ve caused. But viruses are also genetic innovators – and possibly the pioneers of using DNA as the genetic blueprint of life.
Penicillin originally came from a fungus, and with thousands of fungi to explore, Aotearoa New Zealand has a potential treasure trove of bacteria-killing compounds.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health threats in the world. New research, however, may have found a way to keep up with rapidly evolving bacteria.
With nurse prescribing expanding globally, it’s important they are properly guided and supported when it comes to antibiotics and managing patient expectations.
Observing the progression of an infection in real-time allows us to better understand how antibiotic resistance develops.
A genetic trick called an integron plays an important role in helping bacteria do this.
Our study found that the bacteria which causes diphtheria is rapidly changing.
The increased use of disinfectants could allow for the development of bacterial strains which are resistant to disinfectants.
We found a new way to revert antibiotic resistance. It involves using phage therapy to resensitise a type of bacteria to antibiotics.
How resistance to drugs originates, and why it’s different for vaccines.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is one of the greatest threats to public health. The bacteria are so pervasive, they’re spilling over to penguins, sea lions, wallabies and more.
Resistant bacteria aren’t the only risk posed by overprescribing antibiotics. A more immediate risk is side-effects and reactions, which a new review shows are surprisingly frequent and often severe.
As viruses are transmitted from person to person they are constantly mutating and replicating. Could the SARS-CoV-2 virus evolve to evade the new vaccines that have just been developed?
Estimating the cost of antibiotic resistance to economies and health-care systems is fraught with difficulty, but new research says Australia will be hit harder than we think.
It takes around 61 hours to identify the pathogen causing a patient’s pneumonia. A new test reduces that to four hours.
The African continent has the highest burden of gonorrhoea worldwide. In South Africa alone, it’s estimated that more than 2 million new cases occur annually.
We often think of antibiotic resistance in terms of humans, but it is actually a complex problem of interrelated factors including animal health, the environment and food production.
Scientists at Cambridge are developing a lab-in-a-briefcase for rapidly and cheaply identifying disease-causing bacteria.
As antimicrobial resistance increases, the options for treating serious infections dwindle. Doctors need reliable information about which treatments to try out.
Vaccines and antivirals aren’t the only game in town.