Tag Archives: Antibiotics

Gene-editing tool CRISPR repurposed to develop better antibiotics

A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher and his collaborators at the University of California, San Francisco have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to study which genes are targeted by particular antibiotics, providing clues on how to improve existing antibiotics or develop new ones. Resistance to current antibiotics by disease-causing pathogens is a growing problem, one estimated… Read More »

Widespread, occasional use of antibiotics in U.S. linked with resistance

The increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance in the U.S. appears more closely linked to their occasional use by many people than to their repeated use among smaller numbers of people, according to a large new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study also found that antibiotic use varies across the nation,… Read More »

Should You Take Probiotics if You Must Take Antibiotics?

Your intestinal bacteria are part of your immune system, and researchers are discovering that microbes of all kinds play instrumental roles in countless areas of your health. For example, beneficial bacteria, also known as probiotics, have been shown to: Modulate your immune response1 and reduce inflammation2 Produce vitamins,3 absorb minerals4 and break down indigestible dietary… Read More »