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WSJ: Antibiotics of the Future

Scientists hunt for new antibiotics amid a rise in resistant germs

Some researchers are testing new substances, such as silver, to combine with antibiotics to boost their killing power. Other researchers are making use of genetic sequencing of bacteria to help develop killer drugs at a faster pace than medical science was capable of in the past.

Another strategy aims to render harmful bacteria incapable of infecting people, rather than killing the germs outright. One such technique would neutralize disease-causing toxins by disrupting the bacteria’s internal mechanisms.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to public health, medical officials say.

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