Magazine
Latest Issue

Lab report

Wanted: a new breeding ground for antibiotics

By Philip Ball   September 2010

It would be nice to be able to report that the much trumpeted “end of antibiotics” is just a slice of media alarmism. But it isn’t. The danger that just about all our existing antibiotics will soon be powerless against resistant bacteria, as recently claimed in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, is all too real. A paper in that journal reports the emergence and spread of strains of common pathogens, such as E coli and the pneumonia bug K pneumoniae, containing a gene that confers resistance even against current last-resort antibiotics called carbapenems. Such bacteria, Chris Walsh of Harvard Medical…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect