A new antibiotic resistance test identifies antibiotic-resistant bacteria in as little as 30 minutes. This could help turn the tide by allowing medical professionals to better choose which antibiotics to treat an infection with.

The discovery of antibiotics changed modern medicine. But because of overuse and misuse, antibiotics are losing their effectiveness.

Many species of bacteria have evolved resistance to commonly used antibiotics and resistant bacteria have emerged. Therefore doctors tend to skip basic antibiotics and choose stronger versions which may cause the bacteria to also become resistant to these stronger antibiotics. The problem is that there has not been a quick and easy way for a doctor to know if their patient’s infection is resistant to particular antibiotics.

To find out, the doctor would have to send a sample to a testing lab, and wait two to three days for an answer. The new antibiotic resistance test identifies antibiotic-resistant bacteria in as little as 30 minutes. This could help turn the tide by allowing medical professionals to better choose which antibiotics to treat an infection with.


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