Tagged: antibiotics

Ten surprising places to look for antibiotics - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 04, 2016

Geertje van Keulen, Swansea University One in ten people’s noses contain bacteria that could be the source of a powerful new antibiotic, German scientists say. Even resistant superbugs, such as MRSA and vancomycin-resistant enterococci, died when exposed to this new compound, lugdunin. Antimicrobial resistance is a major global threat, with Europe facing “Antimicrobial Armageddon” by … Read More

Superbugs could kill more people than cancer by 2050 - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 28, 2016

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are in the news again. This time a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin has been spotted in the USA. So why is this newsworthy and should we be scared?  A strain of E. coli has been identified in the USA that is resistant to the antibiotic colistin. A paper describing the strain has just been published … Read More

Are 300 animals a day really tortured for scientific research in New Zealand? Part II - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 29, 2016

In the spirit of openness and transparency, I want to share what 42 animals that were involved in my 2014 research efforts experienced. I recently blogged about Paul Henry’s interview with NZ Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) executive director Stephen Mason, in which Paul Henry repeatedly referred to the 300 animals a day tortured to death in the name of … Read More

Monday Micro – Glowing Superbugs at TEDxChristchurch - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 18, 2015

Last November I talked about my research at TEDxChristchurch. It was my first experience of a TEDx event and I was blown away by how amazing and inspirational the day was. It was very humbling to have been given the opportunity to enthuse about bioluminescence and bacteria. Here’s the video of my talk, also featuring glowing caterpillars and … Read More

Will new antibiotic Teixobactin save us all? Umm, not quite. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 08, 2015

Researchers in Germany and the USA have just published a paper in the journal Nature describing a new antibiotic they have called Teixobactin (1). This study is good news; the World Health Organization warned last year that cancer chemotherapy and routine surgery will soon become life-threateningly risky because of the worldwide rise in antibiotic-resistant … Read More

Fighting antibiotic resistance: from Obama to TV3! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 25, 2014

“Ascomycetes“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons. Last week President Obama signed an Executive Order aimed at combating antibiotic resistant superbugs. The order establishes a task force and a Presidential Advisory Committee which will look at how the US can implement a national strategy to … Read More

The Evolution of Superbugs - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 23, 2014

SciBlogs is running guest posts from some of the Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards 2014 finalists. In this guest post, Siska Falconer from  Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu tackles the science behind superbugs. Scientist predict that antibiotics will be ineffective in less than 10 years.  Imagine ten years on with no antibiotics for infections, infectious diseases, sicknesses or … Read More

Life as we know it could end in ten years if we don’t start taking drastic action - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 01, 2014

Life as we know it could end in ten years if we don’t start taking drastic action. This is the message to come out of a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), their first look at antibiotic resistance around the world. The report finds that antibiotic resistant superbugs are present in every region of the world … Read More

Monday Micro – sloths a source of new drugs?! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 20, 2014

As a parent, I have watched the Ice Age movies more times than I care to admit. I quite like Sid the sloth but had no idea just how important his descendants could be in our fight against disease. Sloths are slow-moving tree-dwelling mammals found in the jungles of central and south America. They … Read More