Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Faster, please.  Researchers at UC San Diego have come up with a quick, relatively simple test for the mechanism of new antibiotics being investigated.  This has the potential to open the floodgates for the discovery of new antibiotics to counter the drug-resistant bacterial strains that have arisen.  I've been infected with one of these (after a surgery in the mid-'90s), but luckily a “cocktail” of several antibiotics was able to knock it down.  These days, thousands of people each year are dying because no cocktail exists that can knock the resistant strains out.  We need new antibiotics that use a different mechanism, and this new test should help researchers find them...

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