Scientists map genetic codes of 3,000 bacteria in desperate bid to fight drug-resistant superbugs

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Scientists seeking new ways to fight drug-resistant superbugs have mapped the genomes of more than 3,000 bacteria.

The samples include on of a bug taken from Alexander Fleming's nose, and a dysentery-causing strain from a World War One soldier.

DNA - Strains - Plague - Dysentery - Cholera

The DNA of deadly strains of plague, dysentery and cholera were also decoded in what the researchers said was an effort to better understand some of the world's most dangerous diseases and develop new ways to fight them.

Specialists estimate that around 70 percent of bacteria are already resistant to at least one antibiotic that is commonly used to treat them, and the world may be facing an antibiotic shortage.

Evolution - 'superbugs - Drugs - Threats - Medicine

This has made the evolution of 'superbugs' that can evade one or multiple drugs one of the biggest threats facing medicine today.

Among the most serious risks are tuberculosis - which infects more than 10.4 million people a year and killed 1.7 million in 2016 alone - and gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease that infects 78 million people a year and which the World Health Organization says is becoming almost untreatable.

Supply - Ingredients - Medicine

Supply of key ingredients to develop the medicine is also short.

Already, one form of penicillin is unavailable in 30 countries, including the...
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