The Golden Age of Antibiotics is Over

Ten Most Dangerous Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Ten Most Dangerous Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

We’ve all heard about antibiotic resistant bacteria. It’s time to admit, we’re losing this war. Drug resistant superbugs like MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Straphylococcus aureus), CRE (Carbapenum-resistant enterobacteriaceae), and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus) are slowly winning.

However, all hope is not lost! Over at the Genetic Literacy Project, Nicholas Staropoli wrote an excellent article about how we may be losing the war against bacteria, but that is no reason to throw in the towel against disease.

He offers two solutions: Phage therapy and CRISPR technology (which we’ve talked about on this blog)

Phage therapy, where the enemy of my enemy is my friend, involves inducing species specific viruses that attack harmful bacteria.

And if you haven’t jumped on the CRISPR technology bandwagon, now is your moment. Seriously, this technology is not only promising and interesting, it’s getting a ton of great press these days.

Moral of the story? It’s time to rearm ourselves for the continued battles ahead.

Fear the resistance

Fear the resistance

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2 comments on “The Golden Age of Antibiotics is Over

  1. […] from the Sea Hawk Attacks Snake and Epically Fails! The Golden Age of Antibiotics is Over (still very silvery though) What do Mike Adams, Todd Starnes, and William Proxmire have in common? […]

  2. lots of antibiotics have been identified in nature but never developed as drugs for economic reasons. there is a large reservoir of potential drugs out there in soil and sediment (and probably in the gut etc). the obstacles to regaining the lead in the race (we’ll never win, obviously as your blog title implies) are economic rather than scientific.

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