Open Questions: Antibiotics
See also: Infectious diseases --
Sites with general resources
Medline Plus: Antibiotics
- General page of information and links related to antibiotics,
Medline Plus. Contents
include recent news, links to related topics, and overviews.
NeLI Antimicrobial Resistance Website
- Information provided by the (UK)
National electronic Library of Infection on antibiotic
resistance. In addition to general information, there are
news items, lists of additional resources, and
discussions of preventing resistance.
- The site provides general background information and a list of
frequently-asked questions, maintained by the U. S.
Centers for Disease Control and
- A page with information on some topics on antibiotic resistance,
by the U. S.
Food and Drug Administration.
Surveys, overviews, tutorials
How to cure diseases before they have even evolved
- August 2009 New Scientist article.
"It could be the biggest breakthrough since the discovery
of penicillin: a new generation of antivirals that work
against a huge range of viruses, including ones that don't
Scientists to squeeze antibiotics out of sea sponge
- October 2000 news article about possible antibiotics that
could be obtained from sponges.
Why is it only recently that antibiotic-resistant bacteria
have become the focus of attention and alarm?
- Questions about antibiotic-resistant bacteria answered by
several experts in a Scientific American "Ask the Experts"
- Squashing Superbugs--The Race for New Antibiotics
Christopher T. Walsh; Michael A. Fischbach
Scientific American, July 2009
- Scientists are using new tools and tactics in the race
to discover novel antibiotics.
Seed Magazine, February-March 2006
Battling Evolution to Fight Antibiotic Resistance
The Scientist, October 2005
- Fresh approaches could aid existing drugs.
How to Find New Antibiotics
The Scientist, October 2005
- Metagenomics could be the way to mine the soil beneath our feet.
- Behind Enemy Lines
K. C. Nicolaou; Christopher N. C. Boddy
Scientific American, May 2001, pp. 54-61
- By now it is well known to the general public that many
disease-causing bacterian are increasingly resistant to
existing antibiotics. All antibiotics work by disrupting some
function within a bacterial cell. New knowledge of bacterial
genomes should make it possible to learn many new ways to
ihibit bacterial cell function and hence to
stay ahead of the development of resistance in bacteria.
- The Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance
Stuart B. Levy
Scientific American, March 1998, pp. 46-53
- Many types of bacteria are developing resistance to many or
all currently available antibiotics, because of the ease with
which bacteria transmit genetic mutations favorable to resistance.
Better control of antibiotic use is one approach to dealing with
- Antibiotic Resistance
Carlos F. Amábile-Cuevas; Maura Cárdenas-Garc&iactute;a;
American Scientist, July-August 1995, pp. 320-329
- Antibiotics work through a variety of mechanisms, and bacteria
have developed genetic mutations to combat most of these. The
rapid spread of genetic resistanct to antibiotics is a serious
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