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Accidental Discovery Uncovers a Way to Clear Bacterial Superbugs

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have discovered that blocking a specific group of enzymes called caspases boosts the ability of immune cells, including neutrophils and macrophages, to fight MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and other dangerous skin infections, such as Streptococcus pyogenes and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, without the use of antibiotics. The serendipitous finding may lead to a solution for the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

Emergence of Hospital Superbug Predates Antibiotics

A new study based on whole-genome sequencing of 2027 blood and stool samples from an array of hosts between 1936 and 2018, shows antibiotic resistant strains of the hospital superbug E. faecalis emerged before the widespread use of antibiotics.

New Antimicrobial Streptomyces Species Discovered in Ancient Irish Soil

Alkaline soil in the West Fermanagh scarplands of Northern Ireland, linked to traditional Irish folk medicine contains several species of antibiotic producing organisms, a new study published in MDPI Applied Microbiology, reports.
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