Antibiotics upgraded to tackle superbugs

Modified antibiotics use the immune system to become much more effective against otherwise resistant bacteria
11 November 2021
Presented by Verner Viisainen


Artists impression of bacteria


Antibiotics are such an important part of modern medicine but their effectiveness has been waning in the last few decades as certain bacteria, so called superbugs, have become resistant to multiple common antibiotics, leading to the UN declaring that antimicrobial resistance is one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity. To tackle this issue, new approaches are needed and as new strains of antibiotics are hard to come by, one option is to modify existing antibiotics to make them more effective. Verner Viisainen spoke to Jennifer Payne from Monash University to find out about their latest research on this, published in Nature Communications.


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