Scientists warn research slowdown poses global threat

October 5, 2010 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

A slowdown in research aimed at the development of new and more effective antibiotics poses the threat of a return to a situation that existed in the world before the discovery of penicillin, scientists have warned.

“We have a big resistance problem that has become a global health crisis,” said Doctor Ursula Theuretzbacher of the Austrian Center for Anti-Infective Agents.

She spoke at the 50th annual meeting of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), which opened in Boston on Sunday.

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