Chlorine Treatment Can Accelerate Antibiotic Resistance, Study Says

As anyone who's ever owned a pet fish or gone to a public swimming pool knows, chlorine is commonly used to disinfect water. Ironically, when it comes to sewage treatment, it may be doing just the opposite. » 3/22/15 5:00pm 3/22/15 5:00pm

How Scientists Will Find Your Next Antibiotic in this Pile of Dirt

Nearly a century after scientists dug up penicillin, researchers are turning once more to the soil for new pharmaceuticals. But this time, they have tiny, powerful technologies on their side. Here's how scientists are unlocking the secrets of soil microbes and discovering the next generation of medicine. » 3/13/15 11:00am 3/13/15 11:00am

McDonald's Chickens Going Antibiotic Free Is a Really Big Deal 

McDonald's announced today it will begin only sourcing chickens raised without medically important antibiotics in the U.S. When a juggernaut like McDonald's makes such decisions, the food world listens—and sourcing only antibiotic-free chicken is a big deal. » 3/05/15 3:05pm 3/05/15 3:05pm

We Found a New Antibiotic, And Better Yet, a New Way to Find Antibiotics

Amidst the onslaught of bad news about antibiotic resistance, here is something good: Scientists have found a new class of antibiotics in soil bacteria, one whose mechanism could make it particularly resistant to resistance. More significant than this single new antibiotic, though, is how scientists found it. » 1/07/15 2:55pm 1/07/15 2:55pm

Why the First Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug Found in Food Is a Big Deal

In very bad news, a superbug resistant to last-resort antibiotics was found in imported squid, according to a report this week. This is a scary development in antibiotic resistance—even if you don't eat squid. Here is why one small finding has frightening implications. » 6/12/14 5:40pm 6/12/14 5:40pm

Soviet Doctors Cured Infections With Viruses, and Soon Yours Might Too

In the Soviet Union, western antibiotics couldn't make it past the Iron Curtain. So Eastern Bloc doctors figured out how to use viruses to kill infectious bacteria. Now, with antibiotic-resistant bugs vexing doctors, that eerie yet effective method might come our way. In post-antibiotic world, infection cures you! » 6/07/14 2:00pm 6/07/14 2:00pm

Deadly Superbugs Are Breeding Like Crazy in Chinese Sewage Plants

Gird your immune system because what you're about to read will make you sick. No, seriously, it's dangerous. Like Contagion-level dangerous. » 12/19/13 12:00pm 12/19/13 12:00pm

Scientists Accidentally Discover Incredible Bacteria-Killing Surface

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you never had to worry about germs crawling around on your kitchen countertop? Well, thanks to a new discovery by Australian scientists, that could soon be a reality. And it doesn't require a drop of disinfectant. » 11/27/13 5:30pm 11/27/13 5:30pm

Next Generation Antibiotics Could Be Turned On and Off Using Light

As we continue fighting the most dastardly pathogens with new and improved antibiotics, the list of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains only grows longer—leaving us somewhat helpless against the threat of superbugs. » 10/09/13 10:20am 10/09/13 10:20am

New Antibiotics Don't So Much Kill Germs as They Do Disarm Them

The latest innovation in antibacterial drugs have moved past killing harmful cells. Instead, they just deactivate the parts of the cell that cause problems in the human body. It's kinda like taking a gun away from someone instead of shooting them first. » 10/03/12 4:40pm 10/03/12 4:40pm

Researchers May Have Discovered SuperStaph's Origins

Doctors always suspected that our heavy reliance on antibiotics is what spurred the rise MRSA, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the staphylococcus "super germ." Turns out it may not have been us, but rather our porcine population. » 2/23/12 1:00am 2/23/12 1:00am