One researcher thinks the drugs of the future might come from the past: botanical treatments long overlooked by Western medicine

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Study finds more than half of US population receives prescription annually and estimates ‘inappropriate’ prescriptions in doctor’s office setting at up to 30%

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Study used CRISPR technology to introduce HIV-resistance mutation into nonviable human embryos

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After the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos last week, drug-resistant infection remains high on the international agenda. Earlier this month, The Wellcome Trust posted an explainer giving a broad overview of the scale of the problem. In this post, Wellcome Trust director Dr Jeremy Farrar discusses the urgent need to act on drug-resistant infection, first published on the World Economic Forum blog

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Soaring levels of drug use in livestock fuels concern about resistant bacteria, human health

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Farmers need to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotics used in agriculture, because of the threat to human health, a report says

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These days, we’re surrounded by dangers and doomsday scenarios — terrorist attacks, mass shootings, global warming — that can feel completely out of our control. The threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, however, shouldn’t be one of them.

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Well that’s ironic. As if to mark World Antiobiotic Awareness Week, antibiotic resistance just got a whole lot scarier. Resistance genes identified in China suggests we could soon see bacteria that are resistant to every known type of antibiotic, and these genes have already been found in bacteria infecting people

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