Possible alternative to antibiotics developed – but skeptics remain

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Sonya Angelica Diehn reports for DW:

Woman examining a pill‘A study published in the journal “Nature Biotechnology” unveils an engineered substance, which its makers hope will present an alternative to antibiotics in the fight against bacterial infection.

Resistance to antibiotics is a serious, growing worldwide problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) in a 2014 report warned that “antibiotic resistance is no longer a prediction for the future; it is happening right now, across the world.”

Although any new substance would have to undergo a lengthy process before it can be used as medicine, the Geneva-based biomedical startup Lascco has already announced clinical trials for next year. Some doctors and scientists stress that the new substance will likely not be able to replace the use of antibiotics.’

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