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Updated 09 May 2013

Biosensor detects antibiotic resistance

Scientists have developed a biosensor that detects antibiotic resistance, bringing us one step closer to fighting superbugs.

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Research demonstrates how a biosensor can detect antibiotic resistance in bacteria. This new technology is a preliminary step in identifying and fighting superbugs, a major public health concern that has led to more deaths than Aids in recent years.

However, natural selection has allowed antibiotic resistant bacteria to flourish and propagate, and continued exposure has lead to the evolution of "superbugs" that are resistant to multiple types of antibiotics.

 

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