One Step Ahead

In an effort to counter the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, scientists are searching for ways to predict how bacteria become impervious to antibiotics.
 
Researchers—like Tim van Opijnen of Tufts University School of Medicine, whose findings were recently published in PLOS Pathogens—are isolating genes in various strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae in an attempt to observe the precise development of antimicrobial resistance. Findings reveal that microbes have multiple pathways to resistance, which means prediction will be challenging.
 
Even so, researchers hope to one day be able to anticipate when a disease is becoming resistant so physicians can tailor antibiotic treatment regimens accordingly.
Source: STAT

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