Nov 30, 2022

Researchers discover new form of antimicrobial resistance

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Australian researchers have uncovered a new form of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), undetectable using traditional laboratory testing methods, in a discovery set to challenge existing efforts to monitor and tackle one of the world’s greatest health threats.

AMR is expected to claim 10 million lives a year by 2050, with scientists racing to understand and get ahead of the diminishing benefits of antibiotics.

Now, a team led by Dr. Timothy Barnett, Head of the Strep A Pathogenesis and Diagnostics team at the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, based at Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Western Australia, has unearthed a critical clue to the way some bacteria are managing to dodge antibiotics—a finding expected to be the tip of the iceberg.

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