Science in the News: Antibiotic Resistance

Written by: William Fitzmaurice
Written on: Tuesday, 19 November, 2013

Recent research has highlighted the grave medical, environmental and social consequences of antibiotic resistance. The research features in a paper, 'Antibiotic resistance–the need for global solutions', that was published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases by an international group of 26 leading experts, including members of ReAct, an independent global network for concerted action on antibiotic resistance. The report was published to coincide with European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18th November 2013 and Antibiotic Awareness Week in the USA, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong, 18-24 November 2013.

In this short video, Systems Biology Ireland PhD researcher Benedikt Minke explains what antibiotic resistance is and how systems biology could help to address the issue.

Ben’s relevant publications:
Systems biology-embedded target validation: improving efficacy in drug discovery
WIREs Syst Biol Med 2013. doi: 10.1002/wsbm.1253

Further information:
Antibiotics Warning: Resistance ‘Growing’, Sky News
The Lancet Infectious Diseases
European Antibiotic Awareness Day

Infographics featured courtesy of European Antibiotic Awareness Day, a European Health Initiative.