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In Soil-dwelling Bacteria, Scientists Find a New Weapon to Fight Drug-resistant Superbugs

Melissa Healy Los Angeles Times
In a report published this week in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers describe a never-before-seen antibiotic agent that vanquished several strains of multidrug-resistant bacteria. In rats, the agent — which the researchers dubbed malacidin — attacked and broke down the cell walls of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and cleared the animals' MRSA skin infections within a day.

Friday Nite Videos -- October 18, 2013

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New Drugs for Old Bugs

We should all be worried by the growing number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and we urgently need to develop new drugs. In this discussion with Nobel laureates, researchers propose alternative ways to find drugs; some cutting edge, such as computation, and some ancient, such as searching for chemicals deep in the rain forest.

Antibiotics And Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Meat: Not Getting Better

Maryn McKenna Wired Science
It’s worth noting that this continued antibiotic use, and continued and rising appearance of resistant bacteria on meat, is happening as the FDA has abandoned attempting to regulate livestock producers’ use of antibiotics, and has switched to a voluntary approach. Given the trend, I think it’s worth asking how well that voluntary approach is going to work.
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