Thursday, June 01, 2017

Good news on antibiotic resistance!

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have given new "super powers" to a powerful antibiotic called vancomycin.

According to the scientists, this breakthrough could eliminate the threat of antibiotic resistant infections for years to come.


Vancomycin has been around 60 years, and bacteria are only now developing a resistance. This seems to indicate that bacteria have already had a hard time overcoming its "mechanism of action," which is to disrupt how bacteria form cell walls protecting them from the body's immune system.

Now--the docs have added two modifications to make it even more powerful and deadly. This means you need less of the drug for it to be effective.

A third modification is also under study. All told, the changes amp up vancomycin by a thousand times.

Work now centers on manufacture--to bring down the number of steps it takes to make the new super drug. The researchers described this as "the easy part."

This drug would not be for every bacterial infection--just the big horrible ones.

And remember--don't beg for antibiotics if the doctor thinks you have a virus--antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses.

And if you take an antibiotic, finish all the pills as directed--or you may just weaken the infection you have and make it able to resist the antibiotic you took--and then get loose in the world able to resist antibiotics others might take for it.

But--way to go, Scripps!

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