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New Superbug Camouflage

New Superbug Camouflage

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 01 November 2019



Inside the MCR-9 Jumping Superbug's Protein Structure

The mcr-9 gene's protein structure graphic, by Ahmed Gaballa, Cornell University.
This is what death looks like. From, New Super-Resistant Jumping Superbug Gene Discovered, by Ahmed Gaballa, Cornell University.


New Superbug Evolutionary Weaponry
Superbug Camouflage

'Wolves in Sheep's Clothing' -- the Superbugs Outsmarting Laboratory Tests,
University of Leeds, October 28, 2019.


SARM Bacteria
"Our findings highlight the fact that antibiotic resistance can sometimes effectively be hidden: in other words, it looks like you're dealing with an infection that should be treatable with a given antibiotic, but that may not be the case."

"...disease-causing bacteria carry antibiotic resistance genes that are dormant as a result of a genetic mutation. During screening, the bacteria appears susceptible to antibiotics."

"...the effect of the mutation was quickly lost when the bacteria was exposed to antibiotics."

"...a second mutation...restored the pathogen to its original, drug-resistant state."

Deadly but Common Subject Bacteria Tested
S. aureus
"...analysed nearly 1,500 samples of S. aureus - a bacteria that is commonly found on the skin but can cause more serious infections and toxic-shock syndrome. It is best known in its highly drug-resistant form, MRSA, which frequently causes a potentially-lethal hospital-acquired infection."

"...the scientists refer to the process by which the drug resistance gene is de-activated as SARM - which stands for Silencing of Antibiotic Resistance by Mutation."

"...three per cent of the samples had the silenced resistance gene and were tested as being susceptible to antibiotic treatment."

SARM Clear & Present Threat
SARM is, "...relatively common in bacteria such as S. aureus, and therefore have significant potential to adversely affect antibiotic treatment."

Look and We Will Find
"...it is likely that this process also occurs on other bacteria."

"...the overuse of antibiotics worldwide has accelerated the development of drug resistant pathogens, the so called superbugs."


Last Superbug Research
Oct 2019
The Ultimate Plasmid?


June 2019
Bacteria Defeats Last Effective Antibiotic


June 2018
Two Works of Research: Bacteria Moving Effectively to Counter Human Antibiotics


April 2018
HEALTH & FITNESS NEWS, 2018 Superbug Patrol: Watching them Carefully


Dec 2017
Assessing Risks of Antibiotic Resistance, Survery of Global Researchers


Aug 2017
A Superbug Plasmid-Sharing Party


July 2017
How every new antibiotic is rapidly defeated


May 2016
Grim Superbug Future




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