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Logo des DNAMR in weiß auf einem elektronenmikroskopischen Bild von Pneumokokken
© CDC/Meredith Newlove

German network against antimicrobial resistance launched

New antibiotics are urgently needed to counter the rapidly increasing spread of resistance. The German Network against Antimicrobial Resistance (DNAMR) was founded to promote the development of new
Electron microscopic image of several cells of the pathogenic bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. The spheric bacterial cells are coloured in yellow and shown in front of a dark background.
© HZI/Manfred Rohde

A bright spot for microbiological diagnostics

The detection of bacterial pathogens in clinical samples is an important prerequisite for successful antimicrobial treatment. A team from the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), the Helmholtz
Newborn baby wearing only a diaper lying face-down on the skin of a person
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Exposure to antibiotics during birth by caesarean section may increase infants’ long-term health risks

Animal studies indicate that prenatal contact with antibiotics can affect the early development of intestinal flora and lead to serious long-term health problems in offspring. In a pilot study
Visualisation of luminous strands of DNA as well as of a ring that depicts the combined analysis of many different bacterial genomes.
© Leon Kokkoliadis, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Only three percent of potential bacterial drug sources known

The emergence of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and the increasing difficulty in developing new drugs has contributed to global challenges in combating infectious diseases. An extensive bioinformatics

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United against infections

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