Viruses vs. Superbugs: A solution to the antibiotics crisis? by T. Häusler, Thomas Häusler

By T. Häusler, Thomas Häusler

Each 12 months hundreds of thousands of individuals die from micro organism immune to antibiotics. replacement medicines are urgently wanted. a shocking ray of desire from the earlier are viruses that kill micro organism, yet now not us. Award-winning technological know-how journalist Thomas Häusler investigates how those long-forgotten treatments may also help ill humans today.

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It is fairly certain that these can be traced back to brothels in Southeast Asia. During the US occupation, prostitutes there were given penicillin as a preventive measure, which in turn also protected their military visitors. Today, many countries all over the world are struggling with this offspring of the Vietnam War. In Southeast Asia, 98 per cent of Neisseria are resistant- not only to penicillin but also to many other drugs. 20 viruses vs. superbugs Natural-born killers The arms race between microbes and man is an inevitable result of evolution.

The unusual history of phage therapy provides insights into the course of science, which is sometimes as affected by passions, dreams or envy as by rationality. The pioneers' struggle also contains many lessons that are relevant today, when it comes to resuming the use of bacteriophages to fight bacteria. Death everywhere D'Herelle had begun the hunt for the mysterious microbes during the First World War. He had been working at the Pasteur Institute since 1911.

In addition, for 1 7 days they pumped an unusual combination of antibiotics into the baby. He survived. 'I was extremely shocked, because this infection was just hideous. The patient suffered greatly', surgeon Keiichi Hiramatsu told a journalist from the BBC. 26 The real shock for the doctors, however, was the failure of vancomycin. Since the multi-resistant staph had started invincible microbes 33 spreading, this antibiotic had been the weapon of choice and now it had failed for the first time.

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