Research Roundup: Immunobiotics to target antibiotic resistance, a virus which strengthens the immune system and more!

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  • New “immunobiotic” to tackle antibiotic resistance. New research has highlighted a promising new method to overcome the looming antibiotic resistance crisis — fusing antibiotics to a molecule, that together with the immune system, bind and kill bacteria. This “immunobiotic” is based off of previous research which harnessed the power of the immune system to eradicate cancer. Tests on nematode worms showed that the drug was successful in wiping out the bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This groundbreaking research holds much hope and promise — at least 2 million people are infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics each year.