antibiotics

New antibiotic found in bacteria inside a worm inside an insect egg

Enlarge BSIP/Universal Images Group The last antibiotics generated against Gram-negative bacteria—which tend to be the more dangerous type—were developed in the 1960s. Thanks to the rise of antibiotic resistance, we need more. But rather than going through the trouble of trying to make our own, scientists have looked to other species that might need to …

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Deadly superbug outbreak in humans linked to antibiotic spike in cows

Enlarge Getty | Sebastien Bozon A deadly outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella that sickened 225 people across the US beginning in 2018 may have been spurred by a sharp rise in the use of certain antibiotics in cows a year earlier, infectious disease investigators reported this week. From June 2018 to March of 2019, officials …

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The antibiotics industry is broken—but there’s a fix

Enlarge / Here, have some antibiotics. Getty | Bloomberg Last week, the biotech company Achaogen announced that it was filing for bankruptcy. That might not seem like much news: businesses crash and burn all the time. But Achaogen, founded in 2002, was an antibiotics company. Its first drug, Zemdri (plazomicin), was approved by the Food …

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