DailyDirt: Antibiotic Resistance Is (Not) Futile...

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With the news that a "superbug" resistant to an antibiotic of last resort was found in the US, there's a bit of concern that medicine could regress significantly in the face of uncontrollable bacteria. We've had antibiotic drugs for about 70 years now, and we've grown accustomed to the effectiveness of these drugs. Hopefully, we can stay ahead of drug-resistant microbes with new pharmaceuticals or phage therapy. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

Filed Under: antibiotics, bacteria, bacteriophages, biotech, drug discovery, health, medicine, microbes, phage therapy, pharmaceuticals, superbugs

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    JonK (profile), 17 Jun 2016 @ 10:57pm


    Antibiotics are good because they can be patented by pharma. Bacteriophages are bad because are naturally occurring and can't be patented, even though their job in life is to kill bacteria. At one time parts of Europe & Asia used bacteriophages (note that this site doesn't even consider this to be a word!) control bacteria, but they have been educated by pharma to only use commercial products.

    Recently the FDA has recognized bacteriophages as relevant to fighting bacteria:
    "Intralytix’s ListShield™, the first phage product approved by the FDA as a food additive, targets Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat meat and poultry (e.g., deli meats and frankfurters).7 The microbe, which also contaminates dairy products and raw produce, grows even in refrigerated foods and causes a serious infection called listeriosis with a fatality rate of about 20%" quote from http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/121-a48/

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