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.
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.