Superbugs might meet their match in oxygen weaponized by light
Originally published on New Atlas
For the better part of a century, antibiotics have been instrumental in our treatment of infections, but unfortunately their time may be coming to an end. To avoid a future where once-routine procedures become life-threatening again, new ways to fight bacteria need to be developed. A new study has now shown oxygen can be weaponized against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, by way of nanoparticles activated by light.
Thanks to heavy use of antibiotics over several decades, bacteria have evolved resistance to many drugs, and are rendering new ones ineffective all the time. If the problem is left unchecked, reports suggest we may be headed for a grim future where these "superbugs" are responsible for up to 10 million deaths a year, and disturbingly, the European CDC warns that our last resort antibiotics are already beginning to fail in large numbers.