The war against antibiotic resistance is finally turning in our favour

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2190957-the-war-against-antibiotic-resistance-is-finally-turning-in-our-favour/

We are finally seeing progress in the battle against antibiotic resistance, but now we must make it profitable to develop new drugs

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The number of people researching new antibiotics is falling

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ANTIBIOTICS have changed what it means to be human. Few of us remember when bacterial infections from a wound, a bout of flu, sex or childbirth could kill anyone, at any time. This constant risk of death was just something we lived with. When antibiotics became common in the 1950s, that ended – and the drugs also opened a new frontier of surgery and therapy for other diseases.

But the bad old days are returning as bacteria evolve to resist antibiotics. Just last week, news …