Engineered viruses can fight the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

As the world has focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, other microbial foes are waging war on humans. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria pose a growing threat. But viruses may defeat them.

Kevin Doxzen, Hoffmann Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University • conversation
Feb. 24, 2021 ~8 min

Metabolic mutations help bacteria resist drug treatment

Study suggests forcing bacteria to burn more energy could make them more susceptible to antibiotics.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 18, 2021 ~7 min

Why so many people overuse antibiotics

A new study on the overuse of antibiotics highlights the need for more education and awareness, for both doctors and patients.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 27, 2021 ~6 min

Tool reveals best antibiotic combos for tough bacteria

"...doctors can get an indication as to which combinations of antibiotics can help the individual patient within a relatively short time—hours."

Søren Thiesen-Copenhagen • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~6 min

Toothpaste chemical can fight antibiotic resistance

Using fluoride in labs that are working with GMOs could be a simple, cheap way to fight antibiotic resistance, researchers say.

James Badham-UCSB • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~7 min

SMART researchers use lysins to selectively target bacteria

The discovery can help to cure bacterial infections without inducing resistance or causing harm to good bacteria.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Dec. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Drug keeps antibiotics from boosting bacteria resistance

A cheap drug that's already FDA-approved can prevent antibiotics from driving drug resistance in bacteria, according to a new study.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
Dec. 1, 2020 ~7 min

Virus evolution could undermine a COVID-19 vaccine – but this can be stopped

As viruses are transmitted from person to person they are constantly mutating and replicating. Could the SARS-CoV-2 virus evolve to evade the new vaccines that have just been developed?

David Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Biology, Penn State • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~8 min

Kids who get early antibiotics have greater chronic health risks

Children who take antibiotics before the age of 2 are at risk of combinations of chronic health conditions, particularly when they take multiple prescriptions.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~4 min

Algorithm reduces use of riskier antibiotics for UTIs

Machine learning model predicts probability that a particular urinary tract infection can be treated by specific antibiotics.

Adam Conner-Simons | Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Nov. 5, 2020 ~7 min