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How Bacteria Eat Penicillin

By Shawna Williams | April 30, 2018

Scientists work out the specific genes and biochemical steps required for digesting the very drugs designed to kill microbes.

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Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.

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Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses

By Shawna Williams | April 9, 2018

The antimicrobial drug neomycin protects mice from some viral infections, complicating the picture of the relationship between antibiotics and susceptibility to viruses.

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The drugs’ disruption of the microbiome makes a subsequent flavivirus infection more severe.

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A study finds substantial growth in use of the drugs this century, linked to gains in wealth in low- and middle-income countries.

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Many Non-Antibiotic Drugs Affect Gut Bacteria

By Catherine Offord | March 20, 2018

A new study finds that more than 200 human-targeted, non-antibiotic drugs inhibit the growth of bacterial species that make up part of the human microbiome.

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Transmission of stress signals in E. coli is dependent on the distance between its inner and outer membranes.

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Notable Science Quotes

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2017

Wildebeest, science advice for Trump, antibiotics, and more

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Tiny Motors Deliver Ulcer Medication in Mouse Stomachs

By Shawna Williams | August 17, 2017

The mini machines treated infection somewhat better than antibiotics plus the typical proton pump inhibitor medication. 

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There is little evidence that full treatment durations discourage the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

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