Antibiotic resistance serious global threat to public health: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned in its new report that resistance to antibiotics poses a serious global threat to public health.

How honey helps fight antibiotic resistance

Our grandmothers have extolled the medicinal virtues of honey, for everything from cold and sore throats to colitis and even diabetes.

How antibiotic resistance spreads among bacteria

Researchers have uncovered the system that allows the sharing of genetic material between bacteria - and therefore the spread of antibiotic resistance.

14th century fossilized human feces contain antibiotic resistance genes

Researchers have discovered viruses containing genes for antibiotic resistance in a fossilized fecal sample from 14th century Belgium, long before antibiotics were used in medicine.

How superbugs develop antibiotic resistance

A team of researchers used quantitative models of bacterial growth to discover the bizarre way by which antibiotic resistance allows bacteria to multiply in the presence of antibiotics.

New technique to help researchers battle superbugs` antibiotic resistance

A novel technique is set to help researchers understand how antibiotics work, how bacteria develop resistance, and what molecular mechanisms could be exploited to get around their defence mechanisms.

Scientists uncover keys to antibiotic resistance in superbug

A new study has revealed the mechanistic basis for how the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium became such a difficult pathogen over the previous 50 years, in which time it spread rapidly across the world.

New biosensor can help fight superbugs

Scientists have developed a new biosensor that can detect antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

Antibiotic resistance `a ticking time bomb`

A change in culture and action is needed to plan for a future with more antibiotic resistance, researchers suggest.

Three billion-year-old proteins resurrected

Scientists have resurrected two to three billion-year-old proteins from which the enzymes that armour superbugs against antibiotics have descended.

New way `to keep bacteria at bay`

Researchers claim new treatments to combat the growing problem of antibiotic resistance by disarming rather than killing bacteria are on the anvil.

Antibiotic resistance in China increases: Report

In a worrying trend, a Chinese government study has found that there has been a steady increase of resistance to antibiotic drugs, including 80 percent in some cases, far higher than in many other countries.

Cancer drugs may also combat antibiotic resistance

Drugs used for cancer treatment may also help in combating antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic shows promise in silencing resistant bugs

A scientist has developed a compound that shuts off the "valve" in a pathogen`s DNA that allows it to invade and infect.