Antibiotic resistance: more than one way to skin a cat
NOVA Next: Beyond Antibiotics
President Obama has asked Congress for $1.2 billion over five years for developing new diagnostic tools, creating a database of antibiotic resistant diseases, and funding research to better understand drug resistance. It joins other, ongoing efforts to identify promising new candidates. In labs and universities around the world, researchers are hard at work identifying, testing, and perfecting strategies that go well beyond what, today, we call antibiotics.
The author goes on to detail four approaches being employed in these advances against antibiotic resistant diseases: break communication between bacteria, each other and their environment; create inhospitable environments for bacteria; rapid identification; and thoroughly catalog the bacteria that exist in nature, itself a daunting task.