Staying a step ahead of staph
Antibiotic resistance is catching up with even the most powerful drugs. How Rockefeller scientists are fighting back.
It started with a 40-year-old Michigan man with
diabetes, heart disease and kidney failure.
He’d had a bad year. Because of vascular
disease, he had sores on his feet that wouldn’t heal, and two months
earlier gangrene had developed on a toe, requiring amputation. He’d
been on a cocktail of antibiotics including one called
methicillin, a relative of penicillin, and vancomycin, which for 40 years
has been the drug of last resort for fighting stubborn bacterial
infections that resist other antibiotics.
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