BEAT THE BUG
WE share our world with lots of bacteria.
Trillions live inside you, and although many are harmless they can also cause infection and, rarely, death. Thanks to antibiotics, millions of people each year are cured of bacterial diseases. But bacteria have fought back, developing into superbugs resistant to our antibiotics.
This week we opened a new exhibition, Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives, which explores how we are responding to the huge challenge of superbugs. In the exhibition you can see nine deadly bacteria and learn why researchers are studying Komodo dragon blood, examining bacteria living on ants and diving into Icelandic fjords to find new antibiotics.
You can see Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives for free at the Science Museum in London from 9 November 2017. Find out more at sciencemuseum.org.uk/ superbugs.
Escherichia coli bacteria