Scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureusWIKIMEDIA, NIAID/NIH

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  • “We are losing our ability to protect both people and animals from life-threatening infections,” United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said during last week’s meeting on antibiotic-resistant superbugs (via Scientific American). “It’s a very present reality.” As The New York Times reported, world leaders agreed to develop national action plans to reduce the looming threat of widespread antibiotic resistance. “Having the U.N. discuss this issue is exciting, but it’s up to the member states to make it real,” Lance Price of George Washington University told The New York Times.
  • The Karolinska Institute’s Fredrik Lanner and colleagues are attempting to edit undisclosed genes in human embryos using CRISPR, he told NPR’s Shots last week (September 22). The researchers are using embryos donated by couples who had undergone in vitro fertilization. “My...

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