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    Scientists Created a Synthetic Molecule, and It Could End Antibiotic Resistance

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    In the fight against superbugs, researchers have discovered a way to prevent the spread of genes that carry antibiotic resistance. The team is already working on developing inhibitors to be used in clinical settings.

    TRANSFER PREVENTION

    Antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which includes both common bugs and so-called superbugs, is a serious and globally recognized problem. In fact, the United Nations elevated the issue to a crisis level almost a year ago now, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that it’s rapidly worsening.

    There are a multitude of possible responses to antibiotic resistance, and researchers from the Université de Montréal (UdeM) in Canada may have found another potential solution. In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports earlier this November, this team of researchers from UdeM’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine explored a method that could block the transfer of antibiotic resistance genes.

    Dom Galeon November 22, 2017

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    I have a sneaky suspicioun that big pharma supports this research.

    From your link:

    This will take time, obviously, but it could help to liven up the pace by which new drugs are produced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    I have a sneaky suspicioun that big pharma supports this research. ...
    Are you suggesting that federal governments should be giving more money to universities for public-funded research? If so, I'm with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    IN BRIEF

    In the fight against superbugs, researchers have discovered a way to prevent the spread of genes that carry antibiotic resistance. The team is already working on developing inhibitors to be used in clinical settings.

    TRANSFER PREVENTION

    Antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which includes both common bugs and so-called superbugs, is a serious and globally recognized problem. In fact, the United Nations elevated the issue to a crisis level almost a year ago now, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that it’s rapidly worsening.

    There are a multitude of possible responses to antibiotic resistance, and researchers from the Université de Montréal (UdeM) in Canada may have found another potential solution. In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports earlier this November, this team of researchers from UdeM’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine explored a method that could block the transfer of antibiotic resistance genes.

    Dom Galeon November 22, 2017

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    Good news! That could be as big of a breakthrough as the discovery of penicillin. We've been losing the race between our ability to develop new antibiotics and the microbes' ability to evolve resistance for some time now.
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    From the link:



    Also mentioned in the video is phage therapy:

    Bacteriophage or “phage” are viruses that invade bacterial cells and, in the case of lytic phages, disrupt bacterial metabolism and cause the bacterium to lyse. This form of biotherapy is sometimes called Phage Therapy.

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    In 1896, the British bacteriologist Ernest Hankin reported antibacterial activity (against Vibrio cholerae), which he observed in the Ganges and Jumna rivers in India. He suggested that an unidentified substance (not filterable, heat labile) was responsible for this phenomenon and for limiting the spread of cholera epidemics. Two years later, Gamaleya, the Russian bacteriologist, observed a similar phenomenon while working with Bacillus subtilis.

    Bacteriophage Therapy | BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Are you suggesting that federal governments should be giving more money to universities for public-funded research? If so, I'm with you.
    Perhaps he means that publicly funded discoveries should be turned over to the private sector as soon as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Are you suggesting that federal governments should be giving more money to universities for public-funded research? If so, I'm with you.
    I've no idea what they currently give.

    So I can't comment on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    Perhaps he means that publicly funded discoveries should be turned over to the private sector as soon as possible.
    I don't think the "public" creates the anti-biotics.

    I'm pretty sure that would be a drug manufacturer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    I don't think the "public" creates the anti-biotics.

    I'm pretty sure that would be a drug manufacturer.
    The word I used was discoveries, not create, or manufacture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    I've no idea what they currently give.

    So I can't comment on that.
    Publicly funded research grants are less and less every year. More of the research is done by private industry, or as you put it "big pharma." You want publicly-funded research? It will cost tax dollars. That's what makes it public.
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