LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
1. Sarah Lazarus. “Antibiotic-resistant superbugs on Hong Kong MTR trains, study reveals,”
The crisis of antibiotic resistant bacteria (superbugs) is growing. Recently, students at HKU tested surfaces on MTR trains for antibiotic resistant bacteria, and found such bacteria were concentrated on trains to and from China.
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2. Sara Reardon. “Antibiotic alternatives rev up bacterial arms race,”
What are the new ways to fight bacteria that cause infections? This is an important problem with the rise of superbugs. Possibilities include predatory bacteria (bacteria that eat other types); antimicrobial peptides (small proteins); phages (viruses that attack bacteria); gene-editing enzymes; and metals (the use of which goes back thousands of years).
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Bacteria and other microbes are not only to be feared, they also help us: they sculpt our organs, defend us from disease, break down our food, educate our immune systems, guide our behavior, bombard our genomes with their genes, and grant us incredible abilities. This book not only discusses the importance of microbes for human health, but also helps us see ourselves and our fellow animals in a new light.
How do bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics? / Robert Austin
What drives the emergence of highly resistant strains of bacteria, such as the recent enterohaemorrhagic strain of E. coli O104:H4 that caused many deaths in Europe in 2011? In this video, Prof. Robert Austin outlines how bacteria evolve rapidly in terms of general principles of evolution dynamics, why they might become toxic from a game perspective, and some lessons to be learned for the future.
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