“We have to look at how the bacteria actually live and survive rather than just shooting more bullets.” (The Washington Post)
Scientists are now developing methods to learn how to target bacteria to learn where they live and how they develop resistance to drugs. They are researching how to break up bio films around the bacteria. It is the bio films that allow the bacteria to activate mechanisms against antibiotic drugs. The increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria is mainly due to evolution as the bacteria were able to mutate making common antibiotics no match for many bacterial infections. “Whenever antibiotics are used, there is selective pressure for resistance to occur. It builds upon itself. More and more organisms develop resistance to more and more drugs,” says Joe Cranston, Ph.D., director of the department of drug policy and standards at the American Medical Association in Chicago. Antibiotic resistance may be inevitable but preventing misuse of antibiotics may slow it. Also if new studies prevail such as the studies being conducted to see how bio films develop scientists may be able to target these bacteria rather than just making more drugs. Click here for more information on this new breakthrough. To learn more on how bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics you can read about it on the FDA’s website here.