Scientists at the University of East Anglia have made a breakthrough in the race to solve antibiotic resistance:
New research published today in the journal Nature reveals an Achilles' heel in the defensive barrier which surrounds drug-resistant bacterial cells.So there's an Achilles' heel, now the question is: can we exploit that? Course, many "miracle cure" stories never pan out. And this one may deserve extra skepticism since it comes from the University of East Anglia, home of CRU - where "scientific integrity" only shows up on Scrabble boards.
The findings pave the way for a new wave of drugs that kill superbugs by bringing down their defensive walls rather than attacking the bacteria itself. It means that in future, bacteria may not develop drug-resistance at all.
The discovery doesn't come a moment too soon. The World Health Organization has warned that antibiotic-resistance in bacteria is spreading globally, causing severe consequences. And even common infections which have been treatable for decades can once again kill.
Still, something to be hopeful about while the One burns the rest of the world down to the foundation.