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Giving antibiotics a boost

Giving antibiotics a boost

Dr. Luca Guardabassi is finding new ways to weaken drug-resistant bacteria

There’s no sugarcoating it: The growing ability of harmful bacteria to resist our antibiotics could develop into a serious crisis. Rampant overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines by doctors, veterinarians and even operators of agricultural feedlots has backfired, generating strains of “superbug” microbes that can survive our entire arsenal of drugs. This is the problem Dr. Luca Guardabassi has set out to solve, and he’s doing it in a way that he hopes will serve as a new weapon in the seemingly endless battle between drug developers and the superbugs that inevitably evolve defenses against each new pill we throw at them. More…

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Giving antibiotics a boost

Giving antibiotics a boost

Dr. Luca Guardabassi is finding new ways to weaken drug-resistant bacteria

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