Re­search on Tap fo­cuses on ‘golden age’ in an­tibi­otic dis­cov­ery

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Re­search on Tap re­turns Thurs­day evening with a public dis­cus­sion about a new “golden age” in an­tibi­otic dis­cov­ery.

The first half of the 20th cen­tury was an ex­cit­ing era for sci­en­tists search­ing for drugs to ef­fec­tively treat bac­te­rial in­fec­tions. But those dis­cov­er­ies are now rare, and bac­te­ria are get­ting bet­ter at re­sist­ing science’s most pow­er­ful tools.

Re­searchers like UPEI’s Lo­gan MacIn­tyre are search­ing for new an­tibi­otics us­ing new meth­ods.

While some worry that drugs that can be de­rived from bac­te­ria and fungi have been ex­hausted, MacIn­tyre will ex­plain new meth­ods that may take this search in a new and ex­cit­ing di­rec­tion.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in The Wave. Re­search on Tap is a se­ries of public dis­cus­sions led by UPEI re­searchers.

For more in­for­ma­tion, email gsa@upei.ca.

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