Friday, 15 July 2016

Deadly Bacteria Share Weapons to Outsmart Antibiotics

Deadly Bacteria Share Weapons to Outsmart Antibiotics


 This post caught my eye as the bacteria we are surrounded with are getting ever more deadly and difficult to  destroy:

Deadly Bacteria Share Weapons to Outsmart Antibiotics


Newswise — Bacteria are rapidly developing resistance mechanisms to combat even the most effective antibiotics. Each year in the United States over 23,000 people die as a result of bacterial infections that have no treatment options, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Infections with antibiotic-resistance bacteria are extremely difficult to treat, requiring costly or toxic medications that do not always work. Scientists are constantly working to understand the mechanisms bacteria use to outsmart antibiotics and develop resistance. These mechanisms include metallo-╬▓-lactamases (MBLs), enzymes produced by bacteria that can bind to and inactivate antibiotics. Enzymes like MBLs are one way bacteria are defying all available tools and becoming antibiotic resistant.
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