New Shape-Shifting Antibiotics Might Fight Deadly Infections

In the United States alone, drug-resistant bacteria and fungi infect almost 3 million people per year and kill approximately 35,000. Antibiotics are essential and effective, but in recent years overuse has led to some bacteria developing resistance to them. The infections are so difficult to treat, the World Health Organization deemed antibiotic resistance a top 10 global public health threat. Now, Professor John E. Moses (photo), PhD, Professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has created a new weapon against these drug-resistant superbugsā€”an antibiotic that can shape-shift by rearranging its atoms.

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