Originally Published by Horizon – The EU Research & Innovation Magazine
Finding ways to enlist the bacteria living in our bodies to defend against infections while better understanding their role in promoting antibiotic resistance are key to fighting this growing problem, says Dr. Nassos Typas, a microbiologist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany.
Antibiotic resistance is now regarded as one of the largest public health issues to face the world. In Europe alone, an estimated 33,000 people die every year due to infections caused by drug resistant bacteria. By 2050, it could lead to 10 million deaths a year worldwide.
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