Listeriosis is a deadly food-borne infection caused by consuming contaminated food like meats, soft cheese, salads, smoked salmon etc. Listeriosis is more dangerous for immunocompromised people including infants and the elderly.
Despite the looming crises, Novartis will be shutting down antimicrobial research at its Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research campus in Emeryville, California. There will be a loss of 140 jobs and the current projects will be put up for sale. This company was working on phase 2 clinical trial of LYS228 against complicated urinary tract infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections. The work on anti-dengue drugs and anti-malaria drugs (KAF156 and KAE609) were already in pipeline.
In a necessary effort to help curb the antibiotic-resistance issue, Pizza Hut’s efforts to extend the human-relevant antibiotic-free chicken from only their pizzas to all their chicken products, must be praised even though KFC has committed to achieving the same goal by the end of this year.
Antibiotics play a major role in the medical field in order to eliminate the pathogens. Nowadays, the overutilization of antibiotics seems to be an upcoming disaster which not only leads to pollution via pharmaceutical wastes, but it had also increased the risk of antibiotic resistance.
AiCuris along with Prof. Dr. Dr. H.C. Waldmann, Director of the Chemical Biology Department at MPI, will jointly investigate and optimize antibacterial or antiviral compounds, which could be developed into anti-infective drugs.
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