Resistance is Futile…?
Our name refers to the fact that bacteria are getting harder to kill with antibiotics – the bacteria are ‘resistant’. We are seeing more and more of these difficult-to-kill bacteria causing infections. If things get worse, we may find ourselves unable to treat common infections, as antibiotics won’t work any more.
The ‘Antibiotic Apocalypse’ of resistant bacteria explained:
(Note: in this video they refer to ‘bacterial immunity’ and ‘bacteria that are immune to antibiotics’. By this they mean ‘bacterial resistance’ and ‘bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics’ .)
We asked our researchers to explain antimicrobial resistance:
10 ways Antibiotic Resistance is like Game of Thrones:
Antibiotic resistance explained using Avengers: Infinity War
(note: mainly for the scientists this one! It refers to bacteria sharing genes that make them resistant to antibiotics explained here )
You can learn more about antibiotic resistance here:
10 Facts about Antibiotic Resistance from the World Health Organisation
10 reasons You should be worried about antibiotic resistance from Public Health England
Antibiotic resistance for GCSE:
(Note: for GCSE, the explanation of bacteria developing resistance is by random mutations, which are then passed on, like the video above. The syllabus doesn’t require you to know that bacteria can share DNA, which you will see in other videos on the site. Both of these mechanisms happen in real life, but the importance of DNA sharing in antibiotic resistance has only been recognised more recently).
Watch antibiotic-resistant bacteria grow and mutate here:
What’s going on with the logo? Why is there a circle there?
The circle refers to a common method of testing bacteria, by growing them on an agar plate with antibiotic discs, to see whether antibiotics kill them or not.
A video explanation of the process can be seen here: