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 […]
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.
Worrying news about a widely used last-resort antibiotic, as its overuse in agriculture is thought to have caused resistance gene to develop.
An ingenious new invention named ‘iChip’ allows detection of antibiotics produced by soil microbes – such antibiotics utilised by humans to fight infection
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
Bacteria are our ancient enemies, evolving ever more clever ways of outmanoeuvring our natural defences and scientific technologies. For millennia, a simple cut or cough could kill. With the development of antibiotics, it seemed we would reign supreme. But now the bacteria are gaining ground.
Liz Zuccala looks at how scientists are looking for drugs to stop sexual development of malaria parasites