How bacteria physically resist antibiotics

Stiffer cell walls and a diminished charge enable resistant bacteria to sidestep common antibiotics.
25 February 2019
Presented by Mariana Campos


Artistic image of bacteria


Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year, from what should be preventable diseases. Up to date, scientists have been trying to figure out the reasons in each individual case, until now… A group from McMaster University in Canada has published a paper which shows for the first time the two common physical characteristics of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Mariana Campos has been talking to Maikel Rheinstadter, who explained what they did and how this could help in the development of new and improved medications.


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