By building a gigantic petri dish, researchers from Harvard Medical School and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have produced a jaw-dropping visualization showing bacteria as it mutates to become resistant to drugs.
The human nose is packed with bacteria. Some of its inhabitants can sicken us, but yet other nose-dwellers may hold the key to fighting them off. Today, scientists announced the discovery of a new antibiotic produced by bacteria in human noses. Called lugdunin, the compound can combat Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA can cause a potentially life-threatening infection, and is resistant to some antibiotics.
An 18-month review into antimicrobial resistance warns that superbugs will kill upwards of 10 million people a year by 2050, a frightening prospect that’s being described as “the antibiotic apocalypse.”
Most large U.S. fast-food chains still serve meat from farm animals that have been routinely fed antibiotics, consumer groups said in a new report, which concluded that many companies have not yet laid out plans to curb the practice.