Supercharged antibiotics

Watch out superbugs you may have met your match.  

There’s a lot of worry in the medical community about antibiotic resistant bugs – these bacteria cause 700,000 deaths a year and that number’s expected to get a lot worse in the years to come.

So a research team from the University of Queensland decided to find a way to tackle the problem. And rather than looking at new drugs, they looked at already existing ones.

They developed a method of supercharging an old drug to make a meaner antibiotic, capable of taking on these superbugs.

The team was led by Dr Mark Blaskovich, who says the research could revitalise other drugs out there.