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A New Future for Antibiotics?

A future without antibiotics is deemed to be bleak, if bacteria continue to develop new resistance mechanisms and the pharmaceutical industry have to produce novel classes of antibiotics at the existing rate. Things may change, though. Recently, a UK-based company announced a major collaboration in the fight against resistance with the discovery of patented `resistence breaker` compounds. A new series of potent, fast-acting antibiotic resistance breakers that can `rejuvenate` old antibiotics. Cecilia Stroe – Editor of IPI reports