Crick Chat on Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotics are rapidly becoming ineffective. Their overuse and misuse has led to many bacteria developing resistance to them, and we are at risk of being taken back to the dark ages of medicine, where routine surgeries and minor infections become life-threatening once again. In this Crick Chat, which is taking place during the MRC Festival of […]

The Placebo Effect: The mind’s ultimate deception

What is the placebo effect and could it resolve the antibiotic crisis? We explore the famed phenomenon that has mystified scientists since its discovery over 200 years ago.

New discovery signals a potential end to the antibiotic crisis

An ingenious new invention named ‘iChip’ allows detection of antibiotics produced by soil microbes – such antibiotics utilised by humans to fight infection

Malaria mutations underlying drug resistance discovered

New data from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute elucidates key mutations which allow the malaria parasite to develop resistance to the first line anti-malarial drug

Fighting Superbugs: The Battle Continues

“The first death in relation to this outbreak occurred on the sixth of January. The second occurred on the thirteenth of January. And, as you may have heard on the news overnight or this morning, the third death occurred late yesterday evening.” Visibly shaken neonatal consultant Clifford Mayes made this statement at a press conference […]

Bug-munching bacteria

Predatory bacteria with a taste for Salmonella look to be a promising alternative to antibiotics. Research conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Nottingham found that the not-so-friendly bacterium, Bdellovibrio, consumed the harmful Salmonella in the guts of chickens, significantly reducing the infection. Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is known to prey upon pathogens such […]