Will antimicrobial resistance catapult us back to the pre-penicillin era?

Imagine a world where that strep throat turns into scarlet fever, or a world where you break a tooth, it gets infected, and you die from sepsis (blood poisoning). And there is nothing you can do about it. Antimicrobial resistance is shaping up to be the defining public health and medical issue of the century. You […]

Why don’t we have more new antibiotics?

Buried in all this  recent measles media was an announcement of a newly discovered antibiotic, teixobactin, that its discoverers, Kim Lewis and his Northeastern University in Boston colleague Slava Epstein, think could work without allowing the development of antibiotic resistance. This is the first new antibiotic discovered in nearly 30 years. Tests showed that the newly discovered teixobactin […]