Tackling antimicrobial resistance
18 Nov 2014
Before the widespread use of antibiotics in the 1940s, it was much more common for women to die from post-childbirth infections, and diseases such as tuberculosis were rife. In addition, farmers often faced losing vast numbers of crops and animals to infectious diseases, leading to serious food shortages, even famine. The discovery and introduction of antibiotics gave us the ability to prevent these tragedies. However, as microorganisms become resistant to antimicrobial treatments, including antibiotics, there is a very real possibility that the drugs we have come to rely upon may become obsolete.
This timeline and series of case studies showcase some of the advances supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) to tackle this global problem.
- Timeline of research and table of resistance to common antibiotics (PDF, 5.48MB)
- Antibiotic-evading bacteria (PDF, 315KB)
- Bacteria-eating viruses (PDF, 302KB)
- Making the leap (PDF, 227KB)
- New antibiotics from bacterial bioscience (PDF, 482KB)
- Whole genome sequencing (PDF, 365KB)
- Wound dressing provides glowing evidence of infection (PDF, 415KB)