Friday, 27 January 2017

Researchers on fast track to combat antibiotic resistance

The mar­riage of two inno­v­a­tive technologies—one devel­oped by Northeastern’s Slava Epstein, the other by the Broad Institute’s Paul Blainey—could accel­erate both the dis­covery of new antibi­otics that kill pathogens without encoun­tering resis­tance and the diag­nosis of spe­cific pathogens causing dis­ease, enabling fast, tar­geted treatments.
The new system, described in a paper in the journal Nature Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, speaks to the Obama administration’s recent release of a National Action Plan to Combat Antibi­otic Resis­tant Bac­teria that calls for nation­wide tracking of antibi­otic resis­tance in pathogens using DNA sequencing.