Soil Bacteria May Hold Key to Defeating Drug Resistant Superbugs

May 22, 2014 2:46 PM

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Soil Bacteria May Hold Key to Defeating Drug Resistant Superbugs

Drug resistant superbugs are a growing problem that has the medical community scrambling for a solution. Every year over 2 million people are attacked by these superbugs in US alone, and among them over 23,000 die. The number is far greater globally.

Drug resistance can turn a common bacterium that has been defeated by antibiotics for centuries into a killer. So, why does this happen? Bacteria can share genes and when one strain develops drug resistance, this ability can be shared quite quickly.

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